Libya is targeted by imperialist efforts to disintegrate the North African country in the absence of unity among Libyan political factions, a political analyst tells Press TV. “We’re going back to the period of Italian colonialism, to the Ottoman Empire when there was a concerted effort to divide Libya into a partitioned state. And of course the whole concept of a national state is very important to any country that is being targeted by imperialism,” said Abayomi Azikiwe in a Sunday interview.
“Libya has to maintain its territorial integrity and its sovereignty and this is the only way out that the country can mobilize and reorganize to take control of its own affairs,” he added. Azikiwe argued that the people “who were utilized by the United States and NATO” in the uprisings against former dictator Muammar Gaddafi “had no uniform political ideology or view in regard to what the future of Libya should look like.” On Sunday, Libyan Army Chief of Staff Youssef al-Mangoush tendered his resignation after deadly unrest killed more than two dozen people in the eastern city of Benghazi. The resignation came after violent confrontation between a militia group and a group of protesters left at least 30 people dead and injured several others in the troubled city. Moreover, heavily-armed assailants have attacked several army posts in the troubled eastern city over the past few weeks. This is while several ministries have been also surrounded by hundreds of armed men since late April. The armed men demand that the ministries ban the remnants of the former regime of Muammar Gaddafi from holding key posts and hire those who had helped topple the long-time dictator. Libyans rose up against Gaddafi’s four-decade-long rule in February 2011 and deposed him in August 2011. Gaddafi was killed on October 20 of the same year. ASH/SS