The Supreme Court of Libya has dissolved the UN-backed, elected parliament, sending that country into deeper chaos. As the BBC reports:
The ruling was celebrated by militias occupying the capital Tripoli, who have set up an alternative parliament. […]Abu Bkr-Bouiera added that the ruling was “baseless” and said it was “a step towards dividing the country”, which Libya’s parliament, elected in June, would not comply with.Recent clashes forced the country’s parliament to move to Tobruk.The groups that took control of the capital in August attempted to reinstate Libya’s previous parliament and appoint a parallel government, but this has not been recognised internationally.
Meanwhile, gunmen appear to have seized an important oil field in the country, according to Reuters:
It was unclear exactly what happened at the field, which at maximum capacity produces about 340,000 barrels per day. It is Libya’s biggest operational field, located in the remote south where rival tribes have clashed since Muammar Gaddafi was ousted three years ago.The closure is a blow to government efforts to keep oil production isolated from the spreading chaos in the North African country, where two prime ministers, parliaments and army chiefs of staff compete for control.
The repercussions of this could extend well beyond Libya’s borders, as its oil production has been a significant factor in keeping prices at the low levels we have been seeing: Reuters reports that OPEC’s reported 800,000 barrel-per-day current output could be cut by almost a quarter by this closure.When the United States announced its intervention in Libya it was supposed to be the ultimate demonstration of the President matching foreign-policy pragmatism with the idealism of democracy, human rights, and international law. The rationale for intervention was not American interests in the country or the region, but the “responsibility to protect” the people of Libya. It was supposed to be the antithesis of everything George W. Bush had done. It was, in the President’s words, supposed to be the perfect example of not doing “stupid stuff.”We won’t get into the futile and tasteless accounting exercise of comparing the projected toll of the massacre that Qaddafi (allegedly) had been planning for Benghazi with the number of deaths that have resulted in the chaos since his fall. But it’s worth pointing out that Obama’s Libyan adventure has been, and continues to be, anything but a resounding success. Heckuva job.