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Archive for November 9th, 2012

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Friday 9th November 2012  The first elections to Tripoli Local Council (TLC) since the city’s liberation last year are to be held on 18 November. Three hundred candidates have submitted nomination papers and the day will be declared an official holiday in Tripoli, according to the Independent Eletoral Committee’ spokeswoman, Fawzia Masri. The committee has registered 200,000 voters  for the  [ Read More ]

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November 2012  The writ of the new Libyan government may not yet extend over the whole country, it is still not possible to get a tourist visa, and the east and the desert, a haven for smugglers, are strictly out of bounds to visitors. But despite formidable challenges Libya’s travel companies, under the direction of the Export Promotion Centre, assembled  [ Read More ]

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November 2012  During a visit he made to Libya, Dr Andrew Murrison, Minister for International Security Strategy in the British Ministry of Defence, marked Remembrance Day at the Commonwealth Cemetery in Tripoli. Remembrance Day is an annual day of reflection to remember those who fought and died during the First and Second World Wars, as well as those who have  [ Read More ]

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November 2012 Libya’s new Prime Minister, Ali Zidan confirmed on Wednesday that while choosing the members of the new government he took into account the standards of integrity and patriotism accurately, and that replacing any of them would not be a problem. Mr. Zidan, who was a guest on the “File of the Week” programme presented by The Tripoli Post journalist Reda  [ Read More ]

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Friday 9th November 2012  A team of about 10 American officials working for the US embassy in Tripoli recently visited a paramilitary base in Benghazi to interview potential recruits for what has been described by Reuters as ‘Libya special operations force’. Despite the sensitivity of the matter as to the sovereignty of the country, local media and the National Congress  [ Read More ]

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November 2012  Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi, the first foreign minister since the formation of the new Libyan government, said he made the trip to Libya to “confirm the solid friendship between Italy and Libya and the partnership between the Italian government and the newly installed Libyan government”. “It is a great honour for me”, Terzi underscored, “as well as  [ Read More ]

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November 2012  The Egyptian consulate in Benghazi closed on Monday due to concerns that its staff did not have adequate security cover. There have been repeated attacks on the mission in recent weeks and many members of staff have received death threats because of changes in the consulate’s practice of issuing visas. In mid-October, the consulate was the scene of violent  [ Read More ]

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November 2012  Five officers have been sentenced to death for crimes committed during last year’s revolution, while three others face ten years’ imprisonment each. The judgement, passed by Benghazi’s Permanent Military Council, relates to charges of war crimes, human rights violations and rape in eastern Libya in the early days of the conflict. The men sentence to execution, by shooting,  [ Read More ]

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Friday 9th November 2012  The U.N. envoy to Libya urged the country’s new leaders Thursday to act quickly to address major security challenges that have led to serious outbreaks of fighting and impose control over rival militias, tribes and armed backers of Moammar Gadhafi’s ousted regime. Tarek Mitri told the U.N. Security Council that a year after Gadhafi’s overthrow, Libya  [ Read More ]

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Friday 9th November 2012 Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton paid tribute Thursday to slain U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, calling him a “fallen hero” who understood that diplomacy requires taking risks. About two months after Stevens and three other Americans were killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, Clinton said the State  [ Read More ]