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Yemeni Tribe Asking for Separate State!

Interesting Article: "Tribe in south Libya threatens to declare separate state, 2nd secession move this month" by Associated Press / Tripoli published Tuesday, March 28th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that Libyan tribe threatened Wednesday to declare a separate state in Libya’s south after days of bloody battles with a rival tribe, the second such move toward secession this month. The breakaway threats are the latest evidence of turmoil after the fall of longtime ruler Moammar Gaddafi’s autocratic regime last year. One sign is the resurfacing of old grievances and tribal conflicts Gaddafi suppressed. Would you like to know more?

Tribal leaders in eastern Libya announced earlier that they were considering forming an autonomous state, called Barqa, over almost half of the country. The state would have its own parliament, police force, courts and capital in Benghazi, the country’s second largest city. That was seen as expressing frustration with decades of neglect by Gaddafi and the inability of the new government, the National Transitional Council, to improve the situation. Though Benghazi leaders deny it was their intention, critics warned of the possibility of Libya’s breaking up into at least two parts.

Wednesday, tribesmen in the south, echoing some of the same complaints, also threatened to split from Libya’s central government in Tripoli. The conflict there is between the African Tabu tribe and Arab tribes in south Libya, including the Abu Seif tribe in the city of Sabha and Zwiya in Kufra, near the border with Chad.

Tabu leaders said that they would declare their own state to protect their people. The Tabu, along with other African tribes, were the original inhabitants of south Libya. The Tabu were heavily suppressed under Gaddafi.

Underlining the volatility of the situation, a leader of the Zwiya tribe, Mohammed al-Zwiya, said that his tribe would fight anyone who calls for dividing Libya into separate states.



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