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Archive for May, 2014

Posted by admin On May - 30 - 2014 0 Comment

BY PATRICK MARKEY AND AHMED ELUMAMI TRIPOLI Thu May 29, 2014 Libya stumbled deeper into chaos on Thursday uncertain over who runs the country after rival prime ministers both claimed legitimacy in a confrontation threatening to turn into violence among rival factions. Even by Libya’s tumultuous standards, the North African oil producing state has veered closer to its most dangerous  [ Read More ]

Posted by admin On May - 30 - 2014 0 Comment

By Nigel Wilson May 29, 2014 The protracted oil dispute between federalists in eastern Libya and the central government has cost the country £10.8bn in lost oil trade. Since rebel groups seized oil ports in the east of the country in July 2013, production has plummeted from around 1.5 million barrels and is currently operating at about a fifth of  [ Read More ]

Posted by admin On May - 30 - 2014 0 Comment

By Benoit Faucon Libya hopes to offer more flexible and less punitive oil licenses next year, based on a new hydrocarbons law currently being drafted, the chairman of the country’s national oil company said Thursday. Foreign companies frequently complain that punitive contractual terms, on top of serious security issues, are a barrier to investing in Libya’s vast oil resources. NOC’s  [ Read More ]

Posted by admin On May - 30 - 2014 0 Comment

By Moutaz Ali Tripoli, 30 May 2014 The date of the elections for Libya’s new parliament has been set for 25 June after the General National Congress (GNC) approved the date proposed by the Higher National Electoral Commission (HNEC). Libyans living abroad will be able to vote on 21 or 22 June, at polling stations in 13 countries. The number  [ Read More ]

Posted by admin On May - 29 - 2014 0 Comment

Libyan forces loyal to a renegade general have bombed government-funded Islamist militia in the eastern city of Benghazi. Witnesses say aircraft targeted a base of the February 17th Brigade, one of the main armed groups in the area. General Khalifa Haftar, a former army chief of staff under Col Muammar Gaddafi, has launched several recent attacks in Benghazi and Tripoli.  [ Read More ]

Posted by admin On May - 29 - 2014 0 Comment

BY AHMED ELUMAMI AND PATRICK MARKEY Libya’s acting prime minister, Abdullah Al-Thinni, on Wednesday refused to hand over power to a newly elected premier after questioning his legitimacy in a deepening confrontation among the OPEC nation’s rival factions. The North African state, struggling with unrest since a 2011 war ended Muammar Gaddafi’s rule, now has two prime ministers and a  [ Read More ]

Posted by admin On May - 28 - 2014 0 Comment

UNSMIL organized a workshop today held at the Corinthia hotel on the role of the media in supporting an inclusive constitution that supports the rights of sectors of Libya including minorities, women and men. Opening the event, Lamia Busedra, Deputy Minister of Information, put the constitutional drafting process into a historical context when she said that Libya’s current generation was  [ Read More ]

Posted by admin On May - 27 - 2014 0 Comment

Libya’s new premier said on Monday his government will focus on fighting militants, securing borders and strengthening the military with the help of the international community to stabilize the OPEC oil-producing country. Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq, whose government was approved by parliament on Sunday, told Reuters he wanted to continue with a deal to end an oil port occupation by  [ Read More ]

Posted by admin On May - 27 - 2014 0 Comment

Prominent Libyan journalist Meftah Buzeid, known for his fierce criticism of Islamist militias, has been shot dead in the city of Benghazi. He was the editor of the Burniq newspaper and had regularly appeared on television challenging the rise of such groups since the 2011 revolution. Earlier this month he supported the military campaign of a renegade general to crush  [ Read More ]

Posted by admin On May - 27 - 2014 0 Comment

Tripoli, 26 May 2014 The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) strongly condemns the assassination of journalist Muftah Abu Zeid, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper Berniq, on Monday 26 May 2014 in Benghazi. UNSMIL calls on the Libyan authorities to investigate this terrorist act, quickly announce the perpetrators of this and other crimes, and bring them to justice. This  [ Read More ]