The Zintani fighters who helped to topple Qaddafi are in desperate need of an official role in post-conflict Libya.
«... The transitional government has neglected these problems, said Mukhtar Al Akhdar, a senior commander of Zintan's rebel forces, who was receiving visitors in a vast mansion in Tripoli. "The transitional government was having breakfast with the Americans, lunch with the British. They don't care about Libya," he said indignantly. "And Libyans die."
Although he hopes that the new government will work harder to improve infrastructure, stability and employment, Mr Akhdar said that he did not vote in the recent parliamentary elections.
His limited faith in the role of the central government says much about the challenges the elected will face.
"Did you vote in the election?" he asked one young Libyan man with the telltale indigo stain. "Did you dip your finger in the ink? I dipped my finger in the blood of the martyrs." »