Zawiyah – Libyan tribal leaders met on Saturday in the hope of easing tensions between clans in a country where the new central government is still weak, weapons abound and rival militias sometimes lock horns.
The National Transitional Council (NTC) convened the conference in Zawiyah, the site of a major skirmish between a militia from the coastal city and fighters from the Wershifanna tribe over a strategic military base this month.
The NTC hopes a tradition of mediation between tribal chiefs can nip such clashes in the bud.
“This is a tribal society. In my tribe, there are 14 families. If I say one word, everyone will obey,” said Lamin Mohammed al-Farjani, from the town of Msalata near Tripoli. Read more