Friday 26 May 2017
(Voice of America 06/13/13)
TRIPOLI — Libya is struggling to keep its oil output stable, let alone increase it, as protests cut crude exports in the sector that supplies 95 percent of state revenue. In the past year, disgruntled Libyans have protested at oilfields and export ports, clouding initial optimism over a speedy return to output levels of nearly 1.6 million barrels per day (bpd) following the 2011 war that ousted Moammar Gaddafi. The state National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on its website output had slumped to less than one million bpd following “irresponsible acts by some individuals” who shut down two export terminals and a major oilfield. “The industry is suffering and this cannot go on as it is,” a senior Libyan oil...
(The Associated Press 06/13/13)
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libya's interim army chief of staff insists militias will have to lay down their arms or join the military by the end of this year. His comments come just days after 31 people, mostly civilians, were killed in deadly clashes with pro-government militiamen in the eastern city of Benghazi. Col. Salem Qineydi told reporters there on Tuesday that the government needs the militias to assist in securing the country, but that ultimately they will have to join the army or return to civilian life by year's end. Qineydi did not give specifics on how the government would implement the timeline. He says some of the militias are rooted in the rebels that fought to oust dictator...
(Libya Herald 06/13/13)
In Libya, business support networks for entrepreneurs in general, and for women entrepreneurs in particular, are weak. MEDA has been working in the past few months on establishing an SME development program: Libya Women’s Economic Empowerment (LWEE) to address this. LWEE which is largely sponsored by USAID will provide businesswomen and potential entrepreneurs with the capacity building training required for them to develop their businesses and take them to the next level. Women owners of mid-level SMEs will develop and expand their businesses through training, coaching/mentorship, networking opportunities and buyer engagement. A matching grants fund will help propel the most promising businesses forward towards growth and job creation. MEDA is an international development association that creates sustainable business solutions to...
(AFP (eng) 06/13/13)
Togolese players Alayxis Romao and Jonathan Ayite have ruled themselves out of a World Cup qualifier against Libya in Tripoli out of fears for their safety, the Togolese Football Federation said Thursday. The African Zone 2014 World Cup qualifier set for Friday has been switched from Benina near Benghazi to the capital Tripoli, but some Togolese players wanted the match to take place in another country altogether. The decision to relocate the match was taken after 31 people were killed and 100 wounded in clashes involving former rebels, who helped to topple former dictator Moamer Kadhafi, and demonstrators in Benghazi on Saturday. "Alayxis Romao and Jonathan Ayite will not participate in the match against Libya," Herve Agbodan, spokesman for the...
(Libya Herald 06/13/13)
The Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) elected a new president and a deputy this morning at its Zawiat Al-Dahmani headquarters on Tripoli’s Corniche. Taking over is the head of the Tripoli Appeals Court, Ali Mawloud Hafida, Abdelfattah Hussein Sussi. The head of Benghazi’s Appeals Court, was elected deputy chairman. The former head of the council, Kamal Dahan, told the Libya News Agency LANA, that it was the first time votes were cast using a ballot box to elect the chairmanship, making the council fully compliant with the law. However, the posts of Attorney General and Head of the Judicial Inspection Department were not part of the new elective system, and would be by appointment. The SCJ had previously vetted a number...
(Washington Post 06/13/13)
It helps to have a sense of humor when you’re about to take on what might be the least-cushy diplomatic post in the world. Deborah Jones, the new ambassador to Libya — who is succeeding Chris Stevens, who was killed in the embassy attacks in Benghazi last year — managed to do just that. During her Tuesday swearing-in ceremony, Jones, a career diplomat, likened such events to weddings. “Your first is elaborate and large,” she told the crowd. “Your second, a small gathering before the justice of the peace — wiser and more sober about the nature of the journey you are about to embark.” But she said the “hoopla” was needed in this case. “Our State Department family needed...
(AL Jazeera 06/13/13)
Alaixys Romao will miss Togo's World Cup qualifier against Libya citing security concerns as he heads back to France. Togo midfielder Alaixys Romao has decided not to play Friday's soccer World Cup qualifier in Libya because of safety concerns, saying on Twitter that he was heading back to France where he plays in Ligue 1. Togo were the targets of an attack during the 2010 African Nations Cup in Angola when separatist gunmen ambushed their bus in the Cabinda province, killing three members of the squad and forcing them to withdraw from the tournament. FIFA have moved Friday's Group I qualifier to Tripoli after clashes between protesters and a militia killed at least 31 people on Saturday in the eastern...
(Libya Herald 06/12/13)
Libya has agreed to provide Tunisia with 450,000 barrels of oil a month at preferential rates as of August until the end of 2013 and 650,000 barrels of a month during 2014. The deal was signed today in Tripoli by Libya’s Oil and Gas Minister Abdulbari Al-Arusi and Tunisian Industry Minister Mahdi Jumaa. Under the agreement, Libya has also agreed to take a stake in the proposed $2-billion oil refinery in Skhira the Gulf of Gabes. In addition, the two sides have decided to set up a joint working group to study the feasibility of providing Libyan oil as feedstock to the refinery by building a link from Libyan oilfields to the Trapsa oil pipeline which currently runs to the...
(The Tripoli Post 06/12/13)
Libya's army Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Youssef al-Mangoush is reported to have resigned citing the unusually high death toll of 31 from the eastern city of Benghazi clashes last weekend when an elite military unit took control of a base of pro-government militias. The violence broke out on Saturday when protesters stormed a base belonging to Libya Shield, a grouping of militias aligned with the military that were tasked with helping to maintain security. The protesters were demanding that the militias leave their camp and submit to the full authority of Libya's security forces. Hospital officials were reported saying that protesters made up most of the dead. Many were buried Sunday. The director at the city's Jalaa Hospital Mohamed...
(The Associated Press 06/12/13)
Libya's interim army chief of staff insisted Tuesday that militias will have to lay down their arms or join the military by year's end after 31 people were killed in protests against the militia forces. Speaking in the eastern city of Benghazi, where the deadly clashes erupted over the weekend, killing mostly civilians, Col. Salem Qineydi said the government still needs militias to assist in securing the country, but that ultimately they will have to either join the army or return to civilian life. The clashes prompted the resignation of the previous army chief of staff, Maj. Gen. Youssef al-Mangoush. He was in charge of the country's roughly 12 Libya Shield brigades, a largely Islamist grouping of militias paid by...
(AFP (eng) 06/12/13)
Italian diplomats in Tripoli escaped from their booby-trapped car before it exploded during a shopping trip in the Libyan capital on Tuesday, officials said. "The Italian diplomats got out of their car in the district of Zawiet al-Dahmani to shop when they noticed a wire hanging beneath the vehicle," a diplomat said. "They evacuated the area before the car exploded half an hour later," added the diplomat, who was speaking on condition of anonymity. That version of events was confirmed by witnesses in the neighbourhood located a few kilometres (miles) from the centre of Tripoli. The witnesses said the blast was of low intensity and that the car was not completely damaged.
(BBC News Africa 06/12/13)
A bomb has been found under an Italian embassy car in Libya's capital Tripoli. Diplomats had parked the car and gone shopping in the central Zawiyat Dahmani area when the driver noticed the device, officials said. Police cordoned the area off and the bomb exploded, causing damage mainly to the back of the car. No-one was killed or injured. A foreign ministry spokesman in Rome said two embassy officials had been travelling in the car. Libyan authorities have been struggling to ensure security since former leader Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in late 2011. In April, a car bomb outside the French embassy in Tripoli injured two French guards and a number of residents.
(Libya Herald 06/12/13)
The Libyan government wants to purchase two C-130J-30 Super Hercules from the US in a deal which, including spare parts and logistical support and training, is worth over half a billion dollars. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which is part of the US Department of Defense, said yesterday that Libya had requested the aircraft. The potential sale has been announced in line with US legislation, but it does not mean it will definitely go ahead. The package sought by Libya includes two C-130J-30 aircraft, each powered by four Rolls Royce AE 2100D3 turboprop engines, as well as two spare power units. Personnel training, US government and contractor engineering, and technical and logistic support services are also part of the...
(The Tripoli Post 06/12/13)
The Dubai School of Government (DSG), a research and teaching institution focusing on public policy in the Arab world, Tuesday hosted an orientation session for the second batch of its Leaders Programme comprising 100 delegates from Libya’s ministries of Labour, Health, and Education as well as the Electricity and Water Authority, and the Environment General Authority. The Leaders Programme is an outcome of an agreement between the Dubai School of Government and the Veterans Affairs Commission in Benghazi. As part of the agreement, DSG has developed an educational leadership programme that is being delivered to 300 select Libyan government representatives in three batches of 100 participants each. In his welcome address, Dr Ali Sebaa Al Marri, the executive president of...
(Voice of America 06/12/13)
Ghana has arrested more than 100 Chinese nationals accused of illegally mining gold in that country. Zambia seized a Chinese coal mine in February over safety concerns. And Gabon is planning to take back assets from three foreign oil companies - including one from China. These moves and others have some analysts pointing to a backlash against Chinese investment on the continent. While experts say the China-Africa honeymoon may be over, divorce is not likely. China became Africa's top trade partner in 2009. Bilateral trade hit nearly $200 billion in 2012. Some Africans believe they are getting the short end of the stick, however, as they export valuable natural resources to China without receiving much in return by way of...
(Libya Herald 06/11/13)
A bomb attatched to an Italian embassy car blew up near the embassy in the city’s Zawiat Al-Dahmani district this afternoon, destroying the vehicle. No one was hurt thanks to the vigilance of the embassy driver. “The diver noticed that there was a pipe sticking out of the back of the vehicle”, an embassy official told the Libya Herald. He and a diplomat who was travelling in the vehicle got out, leaving the car in 17 February Street and headed to the embassy. The embassy alerted the police who had secured the area, when twenty minutes later, at around 4.30pm there was an explosion. “It was not a great explosion, said the official, “probably a gelatina bomb, but it destroyed...
(Libya Herald 06/11/13)
Tourism could be Libya’s second biggest earner after oil, a conference in Tripoli has been told. However, plans to develop it are being hindered by a lack of skills and resources, according to the Minister of Tourism, Ikram Abdulsalam Imam. “The ministry does not have enough terms of reference in order to work on the implementation of programmes freely,” she told a press conference today at the end the two-day workshop. Organised in conjunction with the UN’s World Tourism Organization (WTO) whose Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, attended the event, the aim was to focus on the requirements for developing tourism in Libya, both for the income it could produce and the jobs it could create. It is estimated that there could...
(AFP (eng) 06/11/13)
Protests at Libyan oilfields have cost 250,000 barrels per day (bpd) in lost production, Oil Minister Abdelbari al-Arussi said on Monday. "Libya's production has been affected recently by sit-ins which have stopped production and caused a deficit of 250,000 bpd," Arussi said in comments carried by the official LANA news agency. Demonstrations have been held at the terminals at Al-Harriga in Tobruk and Zueitina in the east, and at the Al-Fil oilfield in Ubari in the south, Arussi said. The minister gave no details of the reasons for the protests, but said that "these protests are affecting Libya's economy, which depends on oil and gas resources". He warned against "any disruption of this sector that could lead to a delay...
(Ips News 06/11/13)
Tripoli — All eyes have turned to Libya since Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou's statement claiming that recent attacks in north Niger were perpetrated by Malian terrorists based in south Libya. While some security analysts have claimed that Islamist groups from Mali have set up camp in southern Libya, other experts told IPS that this was impossible. The director of the Centre for African Studies in Tripoli, Faraj Najem, refuted the presence of Malian terrorists in Libya. He said that Mali did not share a border with Libya, which prevented the movement of fighters into south Libya. "Tripoli could throw the accusation back on its Algerian and Nigerien neighbours' doorsteps: if Malian terrorists are in Libya, they would have had to...
(AFP (eng) 06/11/13)
he African Zone 2014 World Cup qualifier between Libya and Togo set to take place on Friday was switched on Monday from Benina to the capital Tripoli, football's world governing body FIFA announced. The decision was taken after 31 people were killed and 100 wounded in clashes involving former rebels, who helped to topple former dictator Moamer Kadhafi, and demonstrators in the nearby city of Benghazi on Saturday. Togolese captain Alaixys Romao had expressed his surprise in L'Equipe newspaper on Monday that the match was still planned for Benina which is around 10 kilometres from Benghazi. "There were more than 30 deaths and they want to send us there? We are under the impression we are being thrown into the...

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