Libya

Russian official: Haftar and Tripoli government requested arming by Moscow; Haftar denies

  • 20 February 2018 - 20:49
Russian official: Haftar and Tripoli government requested arming by Moscow; Haftar denies

The Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan self-proclaimed army headed by Khalifa Haftar asked Russia for military support but Moscow's position is balanced, the Head of the Russian Contact Group for intra-Libyan settlement Lev Dengov said.   "The Libyan...

Political interference in the LIA is putting vital future investment at risk

  • 20 February 2018 - 20:01
Political interference in the LIA is putting vital future investment at risk

Last week, Abdel Rahman Shalgham, the former Libyan ambassador to the United Nations, expressed concerns that the assets of the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) are being seized by international actors supported by domestic parties. The former ambassador made his concerns public on his...

Libya’s state oil firm could suffer production decline over lack of government budget

  • 20 February 2018 - 13:55
Libya’s state oil firm could suffer production decline over lack of government budget

The Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) is having difficulties in receiving the necessary budget money from the government, the Chairman of the NOC, Mustafa Sanallah, said on Monday. “This could reduce production. The entire sector is suffering from these problems because of delays in the...

HoR Cyrenaica members reject constitution draft, call for amending 1951 constitution instead

  • 20 February 2018 - 12:32
HoR Cyrenaica members reject constitution draft, call for amending 1951 constitution instead

Members of the Libyan Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) rejected Monday the Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA) calling for the formation of a committee of experts to amend the 1951 Libyan Constitution instead. The HoR members said in a televised statement that the ruling of the...

324 immigrants including Libyans rescued off Libya coast

  • 20 February 2018 - 12:21
324 immigrants including Libyans rescued off Libya coast

The Libyan coastguard said 324 migrants were picked up on Monday trying to leave the North African country on board two rubber boats. Libya's western coastline is the main departure point for migrants attempting to reach Europe by sea to seek better lives. Most are from sub-Saharan Africa,...

Libya’s western government holds military parade in Misurata

  • 18 February 2018 - 13:59
Libya’s western government holds military parade in Misurata

Libyan military forces of the UN-backed government on Saturday held a military exercise with live ammunition near the northwestern Libyan city of Misurata. "Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Meitig attended the tactical training exercise with live ammunition at the military airport of Al-Nemowa in...

Libya celebrates seventh anniversary of February 17 revolution

  • 17 February 2018 - 18:45
Libya celebrates seventh anniversary of February 17 revolution

Libyans mark today the seventh anniversary of February 17 revolution that broke out in 2011 and ousted the regime of the 42-yeard old reign of Moamar Gaddafi, who was also killed in the same year. Thousands of Libyans took to public squares to celebrate and wave the flag of the Libyan free state...

UN and Libya take serious measures to manage labour migration

  • 17 February 2018 - 17:49
UN and Libya take serious measures to manage labour migration

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and Libyan authorities took the first steps to develop a plan to manage labour migration in Libya. UNSMIL said in a statement on Friday that the step was taken during a three-day workshop hosted by the Libyan Minister of Labour and Capacity...

Haftar sacks Libya’s eastern Special Force commander

  • 17 February 2018 - 10:41
Haftar sacks Libya’s eastern Special Force commander

The Libyan self-styled commander of Special Force, Wanis Abu Khamada was dismissed from his post on Thursday and the eastern military governor Abdelrazik Al-Nathori was appointed in his post, according to the general command of Operation Dignity led by Khalifa Haftar. The decision lacked reasons...

Libyan Interior Minister Aref Al-Khouja sacked

  • 15 February 2018 - 20:47
Libyan Interior Minister Aref Al-Khouja sacked

The Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord has sacked the Interior Minister Aref Al-Khouja today. The Presidential Council issued a statement earlier on Thursday dismissing Al-Khouja from his post as Interior Minister and appointing his deputy Abdelsalam Mustafa Ashor as an...