BBC quotes Rafik Hariri Center Nonresident Fellow Mohamed Eljarh on the legitimacy crisis in Libya:

Libyan academic Mohamed Eljarh, of the Atlantic Council, paints a depressing picture of life in Tobruk, where he is based: blackouts, no internet, shortages of petrol and cooking fuel.

He says things got to this state because democracy hasn’t taken root after the fall of Gaddafi.

“In Libya there is a legitimacy crisis – and people are willing to accept the democratic process only if they win. People will accept the rule of law only if it is in their favour.

“That’s why we have two governments fighting for legitimacy, we have two parliaments, two prime ministers – this has created the space for armed groups to flourish, to play an increasingly influential role.

“What’s worrying is that there are terrorists groups, Islamic State and Ansar al-Sharia, and both are taking advantage in the country.”

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