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Archive for October 15th, 2012

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October 2012 Ali Zidan has been elected the new prime minister of Libya, just one week after the previous incumbent, Mustafa Abushagur, was dismissed by the National Congress in a vote of no confidence. Zidan beat his rival Mohammed Al-Harari in a close-fought race, taking 93 votes to 85 in the Congress, with 179 members in attendance. One ballot was  [ Read More ]

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October 2012 Libya’s National Congress Sunday night elected Ali Zidan as the new Prime Minister. He has been tasked with forming the long awaited new cabinet. Zidan, a liberal, managed to obtain 93 votes against his rival, Mohammed al-Harari’ 83 votes. Ali Zidan is a former independent member of the National Congress who gave up his seat last week in  [ Read More ]

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October 2012 Human rights lawyer to take up post for about 20 months following dismissal of Mustafa Abushagur over cabinet choices Libya‘s national congress elected a human rights lawyer as interim prime minister on Sunday, a week after his predecessor was sacked for failing to present a cabinet lineup that political factions could agree on. Ali Zidan, a former independent  [ Read More ]

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October 2012 The International Committee of the Red Cross has begun a programme to train 160 Libyan officers from the army, navy and airforce in international humanitarian law and its application to modern warfare. The first tranche of 18 officers graduated at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Defence on Thursday, with 20 more due to begin training this  [ Read More ]

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October 2012 There is no doubt that the newly elected government in Libya – both the legislative and executive branches – faces tremendous challenges over the next 18 months.  Under the leadership of Dr. Mohammed Magarief, the General National Congress must establish its legitimacy to enact key legislation needed to move the country forward in the short term while managing  [ Read More ]

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Monday 15th October 2012 The father of Christopher Stevens, the US ambassador to Libya who was killed in the attack in Benghazi last month, said his son’s death shouldn’t be politicized in the presidential campaign. “It would really be abhorrent to make this into a campaign issue,” Jan Stevens, 77, said in a telephone interview from his home in Loomis,  [ Read More ]

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Monday 15th October 2012 Nearly four decades of the Gaddafi regime’s systemic marginalisation and mismanagement of Libya’s eastern and southern regions have resulted in deep security, political, and economic problems that continue to challenge the country’s transition toward democracy. Despite modest political progress with the successful July 7 parliamentary elections, Salafi violence such as the September 11 consulate attack in  [ Read More ]

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Monday 15th October 2012 A police car exploded during a failed assassination attempt on a police colonel in the eastern city of Benghazi, a Libyan police official said. The attack was the latest in a series of assassination attempts in Benghazi, the cradle of last year’s uprising that ousted Muammar Gaddafi, and where US ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed in  [ Read More ]

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October 2012 A small British firm based in south Wales had secured a contract to provide security for American diplomatic facilities in Benghazi despite having only a few months experience in the country. Sources have told the Daily Telegraph that just five unarmed locally hired Libyans were placed on duty at the compound on eight-hour shifts under a deal that  [ Read More ]