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Archive for October 16th, 2012

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October 2012 FCO Minister for North Africa Alistair Burt has congratulated Dr Ali Zidan on his election as the Prime Minister for Libya. The Minister said: “I congratulate Dr Zidan on his election as Prime Minister. “This will allow Libya to form a new government to build on the work started by the Transitional Government and address the challenges still  [ Read More ]

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Tuesday 16th October 2012 The Swiss foreign ministry said on Tuesday that Switzerland has blocked nearly one billion Swiss francs ($1.07 billion) in stolen assets linked to former or current dictators in four countries at the centre of the Arab spring, including Libya. When it comes to Libya the Swiss authorities said they have blocked 100 million francs linked to  [ Read More ]

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Tuesday 16th October 2012 Britain and France have congratulated Ali Zidan on his election as prime minster on 14 October by the National Congress. Zidan secured the post with 93 votes, eight votes more than his opponent Mohammed Al-Harari, the current minister for local government and member of the Muslim Brotherhood. Both countries championed last year’s pro-democracy uprising against the  [ Read More ]

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Tuesday 16th October 2012 Mr. Alistair Burt, the British Secretary of State for the Middle East and North Africa greeted Dr. Zidan on gaining the Libyan General Nation Congress’ trust and being elected as Libyan Prime Minister. Mr. Burt said in a statement published by the British embassy in Libya that this would allow Libya to create a new government  [ Read More ]

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Tuesday 16th October 2012 The authorities claim to have recaptured around 60 of the 120 fugitives who escaped from the Al-Judaida prison in Fornaj yesterday. The exact circumstances surrounding the breakout remained unclear today, but it is reckoned the escape was facilitated by a lack of guards and the inability of the Ministry of Justice to fully man the jail.  [ Read More ]

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Tuesday 16th October 2012 The Pentagon and State Department are speeding up efforts to help the Libyan government create a commando force to combat Islamic extremists like the ones who killed the American ambassador in Libya last month and to help counter the country’s fractious militias, according to internal government documents. The Obama administration quietly won Congress’s approval last month  [ Read More ]

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Tuesday 16th October 2012 No decision will be made on whether or not to develop the National Oil Corporation’s Benghazi branch until after the formation of the new government, the Libya Herald has learned. Last Tuesday, a proposal to give the Benghazi NOC effective control over the oil sector in eastern Libya was put on hold after heated protests from workers in  [ Read More ]

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Tuesday 16th October 2012 Another military official has been assassinated in Benghazi. Captain Adel Baqramawi was killed around 2 am this morning, Tuesday, when a bomb was thrown at his Hyundai car from a pickup truck. Details are still emerging but it is reported that the device was a “gelatina”, a homemade bomb usually used for fishing but often now  [ Read More ]

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Tuesday 16th October 2012 A Twitter account purporting to belong to Prime Minister-elect Ali Zidan has been exposed as a fake after a statement from his office today confirmed he does not use the social networking site. ‘@AliZidanPM’ was established just a few hours after Zidan’s election as prime minister on Sunday night, and quickly began making official-sounding declarations and  [ Read More ]

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Tuesday 16th October 2012 Hillary Clinton has said she takes full responsibility for the security failures that led to the death of the US ambassador to Libya, an admission designed to draw criticism away from Barack Obama in the final weeks of the election. The US Secretary of State said she was determined not to allow the murder of Ambassador  [ Read More ]