Friday, January 27, 2012

Libyans face tough challenges in building a new nation

Clashes between rival militias. Allegations of detainee torture. Assaults on the headquarters of the National Transitional Council, which governs Libya.

These are among the signs that Libya faces challenges on several fronts as it struggles to craft a new nation from the ashes of tyranny.

Almost a year after the Libyan uprising erupted in the eastern city of Benghazi, the nation ruled by Moammar Gadhafi for four long decades is discovering -- the hard way -- the thorny side of nation building.

Prime Minister Abdurrahim el-Keib acknowledged Libya's difficult journey in a national address Wednesday, calling on people to help the government deal with an inheritance from one of the "strangest and most complicated regimes in history."

That -- coupled with months of violence and bloodshed -- has added to the fledgling state's disarray.

Libyans are fed up. They want trust, transparency. And they want to see immediate progress. Read More