The president of FIFA Gianni Infantino said Tuesday Libya could soon host international matches at its national stadiums. Infantino said in a letter to the Head of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sirraj, that he had a look at the report sent by the head of the project of developing African football at FIFA after visiting Libya, saying they will soon reach a solution for lifting the ban on Libyan stadiums. He added that he appreciates the need for Libyans to host the international matches at their stadiums, promising to lift the ban soon. A committee from FIFA visited Libya last April in order to assess the conditions of the Libyan stadiums.
May 23, 2018 19:18 UTC
In its annual report for 2017, the Libyan Audit Bureau announced in a press conference in Tripoli on Wednesday that the Libyan governments spent 277 billion dinars between 2012 and 2017, adding that the general debt due to the closure of oilfields in the same period reached 58 billion dinars. “The central bank is responsible for the stalemate in the proposed economic reform. Meanwhile, the Head of the Audit Bureau, Khalid Shakshak, said in the presser that contractions worth 1.6 billion were about to be paid to foreign firms but for the Audit Bureau’s investigation and finding that the deals were corrupted, not to mention corruption spotted in Libyan embassies and foreign investments. Shakshak added that scholarships are being haphazardly granted to students and thus the Audit Bureau stopped some of them, referring also to the cashing of 200 million to prices balancing fund, which did nothing to the Libyan market. Shakshak accused a minister at the Interim Government of obliging the government of paying 450 million euros to a foreign partner involved in corruption cases, adding that several lawsuits protected Libya from paying compensations money to foreign firms.
May 23, 2018 15:56 UTC
Dignity Operation Special Forces announced on Tuesday that the commander of the 36th Brigade, Brigadier General, Abdul Hamid Werrfali was killed clashes in in one of the fronts, southwest of Derna. According to sources, clashes in the area resulted in the deaths of four other members of Dignity Operation, including a platoon commander as well as the injury of five others. Fierce clashes have broken out between the Derna Protection Force and Dignity Operation forces, at a time when the city's residents are suffering from difficult humanitarian conditions after being cut off from medical and food supplies.
May 23, 2018 11:14 UTC
The Libyan office of the World Health Organization (WHO), said a high-level consultative meeting was held from May 13 to 14 in the presence of the Libyan Minister for Health, Omar Bashir, and representatives of the World Health Organization. The meeting was aimed at exchanging views on the ongoing crisis in regards to the supply of medicines and medical equipment, which has led to a severe medical shortage in Libya. The WHO pointed out that the meeting brought together representatives of various branches of the organization with health officials in Libya for the first time to improve the medicines supply.
Zuwara Security Directorate said Tuesday it had foiled an illegal immigration attempt by over 200 illegal immigrants from different African countries, who were arrested in a farm west of the city. The Directorate confirmed that the immigrants were hiding in bad conditions. “Those arrested were provided with food, water and some needed medical attention.” It said. The Directorate pointed out that three Libyan nationals accused of trafficking human beings were also arrested during the raid and transferred to the police station for investigation.
A verbal altercation between two MPs of the House of Representatives ended a seating abruptly on Tuesday. The dispute started after a heated discussion about the transfer of the location of the House of Representatives from Tobruk to the city of Benghazi. A video of the altercation depicted the quarrel between the two MPs, Issa Araibi, who rejects the political agreement, and Faraj Bohashm, who supports it. Bohashem accused Araibi of making “under the table” contacts with the Presidential Council in Tripoli, while in public he declares his rejection to the Presidential Council. According to a statement by Araibi, the verbal altercation occurred because of the rejection of Bohashem to move the parliament to the city of Benghazi.
Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani(1) AlgeriaWe call on the Government of Algeria to cease the collective expulsions of migrants, particularly from sub-Saharan African countries. What they heard was that Algerian authorities frequently carry out mass round-ups of sub-Saharan African migrants in various parts of the country. According to international human rights law, migrants shall not be subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention. The Committee also called on Algeria to ensure respect for the right to seek asylum and the principle of non-refoulement. Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
May 23, 2018 09:45 UTC
President of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, says the ban on international football matches in Libya will be lifted soon. “The head of the presidential council (of the government) Fayez Sarraj, has received an official letter from FIFA president Gianni Infantino, on the demands to lift the ban on Libya hosting international matches. Infantino expressed appreciation for the urgent desire of the Libyan people and government to host international matches. A senior FIFA delegation visited the capital Tripoli earlier in April to consider lifting the ban. FIFA has banned international matches in Libyan stadiums since 2013 due to the deteriorating security situation in the country.
May 23, 2018 08:37 UTC
An official delegation of the European Parliament carried out a “friendship visit” to Libya – for the first time since 2012. It was composed of Claude Moraes (S&D, UK), Chair of the Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE), and Fabio Massimo Castaldo (EFDD, Italy), Vice-President of the European Parliament and DMAG Member. In Tunis, the MEPs, which had initially planned to travel to Tobruk, held talks with a delegation of their counterparts from the House of Representatives, led by Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Yousef Aghouri. “We conclude today a friendship visit to Libya, whereby we intend to send a strong message of support from the European Parliament to all the Libyan people,” Ayala Sender told a press conference at the end of the three-day mission. The MEPs also visited the Tariq Al Siqqa Detention Centre, where undocumented migrants are being held under difficult conditions.
May 23, 2018 08:37 UTC
The President of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, says the ban on international football matches in Libya will be lifted soon. “The head of the presidential council (of the government) Fayez Sarraj, has received an official letter from FIFA president Gianni Infantino, on the demands to lift the ban on Libya hosting international matches. He expressed appreciation for the urgent desire of the Libyan people and government to host international matches. A senior FIFA delegation visited the capital Tripoli earlier in April to consider lifting the ban. FIFA banned international matches in Libyan stadiums since 2013 due to the deteriorating security situation in the country.
May 23, 2018 07:30 UTC
Last month saw an international Euromed Oil and Gas conference hosted at the Grand Hotel Excelsior. This is the first time that Malta was chosen as a venue for an impressive three day summit on the subject. In this context, it is encouraging to note that PKF presented a paper at the Euromed Oil and Gas Summit discussing the potential for the island to become a future servicing hub. Is the timing of the event a harbinger that oil prices are escalating and may soon reach $100 per barrel? His efforts have seen PKF instrumental in establishing many companies in Malta and placed PKF in the forefront as professional financial service providers on the Island.
May 23, 2018 06:56 UTC
They killed and maimed American troops daily, including my boys—Alex Fuller and Mike Balsley—who died Jan. 25, 2007. Still, Sadr’s victory demonstrates just how far off the rails America’s project in Iraq has gone, and it epitomizes the unintended consequences of offensive war and regime change. Let us, then, take a tour of the tragic outcomes unfolding today in each of these victims of U.S.-imposed regime change. So, less than a month after the 9/11 attacks, American bombs and paratroopers started falling on the Taliban regime throughout Afghanistan. So that’s the tortured record of American regime toppling and regime “building” in the post-9/11 era.
May 23, 2018 01:07 UTC
Here is a recap of Tuesday’s news headlines from The Libya ObserverExchange Rates http://lyo.ly/5acLibya Football League: Al-Ittihad draws Al-Naser and Al-Ahli Benghazi draws Al-Ahli Tripoli http://lyo.ly/7fcLibya Central Bank probes Audit Bureau corruption accusations http://lyo.ly/7faThree Dignity Operation fighters killed in attack in southern Ajdabiya http://lyo.ly/7evRussia obstructs proposal to impose sanctions on six Libyans accused of human trafficking http://lyo.ly/7f0Security officials reject Minister of Education decision to hold secondary certificate exams in universities http://lyo.ly/7ezHCS members from Derna call for Red Cross to intervene as humanitarian crisis grows in Derna http://lyo.ly/7eyAhmed Maiteq meets delegation of EU Parliament on immigration issue http://lyo.ly/7exForeign ministers of Egypt Algeria and Tunisia reaffirm political solution for Libyan crisis http://lyo.ly/7ewIOM holds awareness campaign for migrants on voluntary humanitarian repatriation http://lyo.ly/7eu
May 22, 2018 21:11 UTC
Al-Ittihad drew Al-Naser 2-2 at the third round of the round-of-four of the Libyan Football League at Tripoli Stadium on Monday. By the draw, Al-Ittihad remained on top of the group of four teams with five points, while Al-Naser remained last by two points. Al-Naser scored first as Salim Al-Misallati scored two goals in the first half, while Al-Ittihad managed in the second half to draw by the goals of Ahmed Al-Zway and Ahmed Al-Tarbi. Al-Ahli Tripoli and Al-Ahli Benghazi drew at Benina stadium 1-1, thus allowing Al-Ahli Benghazi to have four points and become second in the group, while Al-Ahli had its third point and came third in the group. Hence, first-leg matches of the Libyan Soccer League finals ended and next week will see the kickoff of the second-leg matches as Al-Ahli Benghazi plays Al-Ittihad and Al-Ahli Tripoli plays Al-Naser.
May 22, 2018 21:11 UTC
The Governor of the Central Bank of Libya (CBL) Al-Siddiq Al-Kabeer ordered financial committee tasked to track money laundering to investigate the allegations of Audit Bureau that accuse certain firms of smuggling foreign currency. Al-Kabeer urged in a statement on Sunday the Audit Bureau to send the evidence it has to the financial committee so it can take the needed legal measures of the allegations were proven right. “Agreeing on giving letters of credit is a task for the committee of importation budget of the Ministry of Economy, which is under the monitoring of an Audit Bureau commission. We find it strange that the Audit Bureau agreed to give the letters of credit in the first place and then accused the firms of corruption.” The statement adds. Libya’s Audit Bureau announced the names of figures and local and international firms involved in smuggling foreign currency, accusing them of greatly damaging Libya’s economy.
May 22, 2018 21:00 UTC