Former president Jacob Zuma was never going to remain the all-powerful and omnipresent political figure that he thought, writes Pieter du Toit.
Libya, which has seen more than a week of deadly clashes between rival militias around Tripoli, fell into chaos with the ouster of strongman Muammar Gaddafi in October 2011.
Libya is facing "political impasse" and "hazardous military developments", the UN envoy to the North African country Martin Kobler warned on Tuesday, highlighting the impact of violence on civilians.
Around 6 500 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya on Monday, the Italian coastguard said, in one of its busiest days of life-saving in recent years.
The AU has thrown its weight behind Italian and US-led moves to stabilise Libya that include arming a national unity government to fight Islamic State militants.
The United Nations' Libya envoy urged lawmakers to back a unity government as he landed in Tripoli on the eve of a crucial confidence vote.
The authorities in Libya's capital have announced they are ceding power to a UN-backed unity government in the interests of the divided country.
Libya's unity government is trying to assert its authority in Tripoli after the new prime minister-designate's sudden arrival.
French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has pushed a deal paving the way for elections in Libya during a visit to the chaos-ridden country.
Libya's last chemical weapons stocks have arrived safely in Germany after being shipped out of the country, and will now be prepared for destruction, a global watchdog said Thursday.
Two months after his dramatic arrival in Libya's capital, Fayez al-Sarraj's unity government has won international support but had little impact inside a divided country plagued by jihadists, analysts say.
World powers support the lifting of an arms embargo on Libya and are ready to supply weapons to the country's new unity government to help it fight the growing threat posed by ISIS.
Libya's new Tripoli-based government must get to work to ensure a peaceful handover of power from the country's many factions, the UN envoy said.
Libya's National Oil Corporation and Central Bank, backbones of its wealth, have thrown their support behind a UN-backed unity government in a blow to a rival administration.
Libya's unrecognised authorities in control of Tripoli have demanded that the head of a UN-backed unity government Fayez al-Sarraj leave just hours after he arrived in the capital.
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