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Archive for October 22nd, 2012

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Monday 22nd October 2012  The quick change in Libyan prime minister-elect from Mustafa Abushagur to Ali Zidan within the past month has many questioning whether the temporary parliamentary structures put in place by the National Transitional Council are sound. If a problem does exist, however, it is not a function of design error, but the expectation that the General National  [ Read More ]

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Monday 22nd October 2012  A paradigm shift has occurred in the Middle East and North Africa: A situation has been created where old rules, principles and analyses no longer apply. There is a completely new world emerging in the MENA region. We may not know where it is going to go but we know that it is new and that  [ Read More ]

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October 2012  In his opening remarks at the event The New Libya: Its Writers and Bloggers held at the Birmingham Book Festival on 8 October, the Chief Executive of Writing West Midlands , Jonathan Davidson, said that as well as hosting well-known writers the Festival is “very keen to welcome writing cultures that are perhaps marginalised in some way – marginalised because they happen beyond our  [ Read More ]

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Monday 22nd October 2012  Libyans will have to pay the price of their hypocrisy, says Sheikh Sadeq Al-Ghariani, referring to a multi-party system he deems unsuitable for the country. In a commentary entitled “Latest Surprises from the General National Congress”, Ghariani criticises the people and parties that currently make up the National Congress and calls the political system created in  [ Read More ]

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Monday 22nd October 2012  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is alarmed by the fighting at Bani Walid and reports of growing civilian casualties. It is reported yesterday that some 26 people had been killed in the fighting and 200 wounded, although the Libya Herald was told in Misrata that 13 soldiers alone had been killed in Saturday’s offensive and 121 wounded.  [ Read More ]

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Monday 22nd October 2012  Fierce fighting in a former stronghold of the deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi that has left more than 30 dead entered its fifth day yesterday, as the country’s new government struggles to contain violence one year on from the dictator’s overthrow. The town of Bani Walid, which is still home to pockets of supporters of the  [ Read More ]

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Monday 22nd October 2012 About 500 protesters broke into the grounds of Libya’s parliament building on Sunday to demand an end to violence in Bani Walid, a former stronghold of the late Muammar Gaddafi that is being shelled by militiamen from a rival town. Militias, many from Misrata and aligned with the Defence Ministry, have been shelling the hilltop town of  [ Read More ]

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Monday 22nd October 2012 Ronald Neumann remembers when, as U.S. ambassador to Algeria in 1995, he wanted to visit five polling stations during an election that armed Islamists had threatened to derail. His security officer wasn’t happy. He went anyway. The deaths of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in the Sept. 11 assault on the U.S. diplomatic  [ Read More ]

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October 2012 The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Mr. Tarek Mitri, has praised the huge efforts exerted by the president of the General National Congress, Mohammad al-Magariaf, as well as by civil society representatives and reconciliation committees, to prevent an outbreak of armed hostilities, and later,  [ Read More ]

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October 2012  Local council officials in Aziziya District Council and a delegation from the Elders’ Council of Libya agreed today, Sunday, that those involved in yesterday’s attack on Camp 27, west of Tripoli, should be handed over to the police and prosecuted. On Saturday, a group of supposed Qaddafi supporters attacked the former Khamis Brigade camp between Janzour and Zawia,  [ Read More ]