The Arab Spring: A History Of The Arab Spring

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Libya is located in North Africa, mostly in the Sahara desert, with Tripoli as the capital city of the country. This state borders with Egypt, Chad, Sudan, Tunisia, and Alger. Libya was one of the richest countries in Africa because of its natural oil resource that was found in 1950. Before the revolution of 2011, Libya leader was Muammar al-Qaddafi, who ruled for 42 years. Qaddafi claimed that Libya was a democratic state under his rule, but in practice, he was an authoritarian state. (Britannica.com).
Libya was one of the countries that experienced the Arab Spring. The Arab Spring movement represents “protest and demonstration that spread across North Africa and Middle East countries” (Arab Spring: A Research & Study Guide). The movement
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A revolution movement (the Arab Spring) that had started in some neighbour countries of Libya was also initiated in Libya in 2011. The Arab Spring brought the end to the government of Gaddafi and his death. Gaddafi died in October 2011 when he was captured by the National Transitional Council (NTC) of Libya and was later killed by his own civilians. The NCT acted “as the de facto government of Libya for a period during and after the Libyan Civil War” (the Arab Spring). It was formed by Libyan rebels which were backed by the NATO (the Arab Spring).
Why did international forces, such as NATO intervene in Libya to deposed Gaddafi? Foreign instructions interfered in Libya disruptive situation in order “to protect civilians” (Wikipedia. org). During the revolt, Gaddafi used the country military forces against the civilian population. Hence, to stop more massacres against the population, foreign troops decided to intervene
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The economy of the country is suffering mostly because of the fall of the oil price which is the primary product of exportation of the country. After the revolt against Gadhafi and his death, the economic conditions of Libya have worsened. The transitional government put after the uprising, and the actually divided governments of Libya have been unable to achieve economic prosperity. Even after the unified government mentioned above, a separate parliament in eastern Libya refuses to accept and recognize the legitimacy of the GNA. Since each government works on its own, it is hard to implement plans that will enable the resources of the country to be used efficiency in order to have economic growth. According to the IMF, Libya economic has been shrinking. In 2014 it reduced by 24 percent and in 2015 it reduced by 6.5 percent (Saleh). Even though these numbers may suggest that the economy of the country is slowly getting better, the nation is still struggling
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