The Libya Address | Benghazi – Libya
95% of surveyed Libyans have “Great deal of confidence” in the Libyan National Army – LNA, led by Gen. Khalifa Haftar more than any other Libyan institution, a public opinion survey in Libya conducted by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems – IFES and the United States Agency for International Development – USAID shows.
In response to the survey question “For each one that you are familiar with, please tell me how much confidence you have in that institution,” Libyans answers put LNA first. The Libyan House of Representatives that opposes the Tripoli-based authorities had 63% of “Great deal of confidence” and “Fair amount of confidence” from surveyed Libyans, according to the survey.
On the other hand, rival authorities controlling Tripoli and are recognized by western states were perceived as less trustworthy by surveyed Libyans. Only 1% of respondents said they have confidence in the Government of National Accord, as 52% of the total respondents said they have “no confidence at all” in the Tripoli-based Presidency Council, which is backed by the international community. Furthermore, only 3% of the respondents said they have confidence in the State Council, as 48% of participants have “no confidence at all” in the State Council led by Khalid Al-Mishri, a member of the Justice and Construction Party and Muslim Brotherhood.
The survey data were collected in 2017 and published this year. Libyan participants, who totaled 1979, were from 13 Libyan cities from Libya’s three main regions; Cyrenaica, Tripolitania, and Fezzan. They were from Tripoli, Benghazi, Sebha, Zawiyah, Misurata, Albayda, Sirte Jufra, Nalut, Murzuk, Ubari, Tobruk, Ajdabiya, and Aziziya.
The survey also asked the participants about their perceptions of the current political situation in Libya compared to a year ago. The responses were pessimistic in general with 69% saying that the situation is worse than last year, and 25% saying it is the same.
As for the level of satisfaction with Libyan Political Dialogue, 42% of surveyed Libyans said they are “very dissatisfied”, and 35% are “somewhat dissatisfied”. When asked about their “best design for a successful dialogue process in Libya,” 56% of surveyed Libyans said that the focus should be on creating a new dialogue framework “without interference from the international community.” Also, 11% say it should be “an acceptance of the failure of the LPA and the rethinking of a new dialogue framework under the UN.”
Surveyed Libyans also prefer the postponement of the constitutional referendum and election to be for a new interim president as the executive power in the country, as a sequence of events for the political transition.
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