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You, Bedouin of Libya who saved our lives, though you will dwell forever in my memory yet I shall never be able to recapture your features. You are Humanity and your face comes into my mind simply as man incarnate. You, our beloved fellowman, did not know who we might be, and yet you recognized us without fail.

Antoine de St Exupéry: 'Wind, Sand and Stars'


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Any overview of Libyan politics and economics is still a foray into uncharted territory.  Western media have largely reflected the views of their governments in depicting the Qaddafi regime as broadly corrupt and ill-intentioned. This is probably a reasonable enough assessment, although such has been the reigning chaos since March 2011 that the dictum  ‘truth is the first casualty of war’ has probably been more appropriate than ever.  What emerged was a de facto civil war between the regime and an assorted group of largely under-organised rebels, between East and West Libya – a curious throwback to the desert country’s Roman antecedents, and something resembling a tribal conflict.

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Key Facts

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Key Facts
Official name: Libiya (Libya)
Head of State: Speaker of the House of Representatives Aqilah Salah Issa (since 5 August 2014)
Head of government: Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni (since 11 March 2014), however, on 4 August 2015, Abdullah al-Thinni announced his intention to resign, although he has not yet officially resigned.
Ruling party: Party lists were forbidden under the electoral system.
Area: 1,775,500 square km
Population: 6.21 million (2014)
Capital: Tripoli
Official language: Arabic
Currency: Libyan dinar (LD) = 1,000 dirhams
Exchange rate: LD1.38 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$6,623 (2014)
GDP real growth: -2403.10% (2014)
GDP: US$41.15 billion (2014)
Inflation: 2.80% (2014)
Oil production: 498,000 bpd (2014)
Natural gas production: 12.20 billion cum (2014)
Balance of trade: US$11.97 billion (2013)
* estimated figure


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