TRIPOLI, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- As Libya is struggling for a democratic transition amid armed conflict and political division, local observers viewed that ceasefire and legislative elections should be in place, while assistance from countries like China could also help in achieving stability for the country.
The political transition in Libya requires a stable political and security environment, said Abdulhafid Bilal, head of Media Department of Sabratha University.
"This needs an immediate call for a ceasefire in all fronts and then legislative elections with UN supervision. Therefore, the road will be paved for the Government of National Accord (GNA) to be viewed by the new legislative body for approval," he said.
Libya, suffering from political and security unrest since the 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime, is currently divided between two parliaments and governments respectively in the east and the west of Libya.
In 2014, the elected House of Representatives was rejected by the rival-backed General National Congress, and was forced to move to the far eastern city of Tubruk, which ultimately created the current political crises in Libya.
In December 2015, rival political factions of Libya signed a UN-brokered peace agreement that aims to end the state of division in the country. However, the Tripoli-based GNA was rejected by the House of Representatives.
On one hand, the forces loyal to the UN-backed government have control of most of the city. They are fighting Islamic States (IS) affiliates in Sirte, some 450 km east of the capital Tripoli. However, the government forces have yet to take over the whole city from IS.
On the other hand, rival eastern government forces, headed by Major General Khalifa Haftar, managed to take over three largest oil ports in Libya after expelling the militias in control there.
Despite all divisions and conflicts, Abdurrazzag Abu-Jarad, head of Asian and Australian affairs Department at Tripoli's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, showed optimism about Libya's future.
He said "Libya is a young state; the current situation is natural as we have gone through a vicious war," expecting that the unity government will be stronger.
Regarding China's positive role for the country, Adnan Ehmeda, head of media department at the foreign ministry, hailed relationship between Libya and China, saying that Chinese government can provide much assistance to Libya in this particular time.
"We are looking forward for the Chinese companies and businesses to return to Libya," he added.