The Foreign Minister of the Presidential Council's government Mohammed Sayala said he has no information for any upcoming meeting between Fayez Al-Sirraj and the commander of the self-styled army in eastern Libya Khalifa Haftar. Sayala added that there are lots of efforts to strike compromise and to build bridges between us and Haftar. The Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has lately disclosed that a meeting between Al-Sirraj and Haftar in Rome to broker a solution to the political deadlock in Libya. Sayala also indicated that a Libyan lawyer has been assigned to defend the Libyan citizens arrested recently in Italy on charges of human trafficking. Sayala also talked about the agreement with the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to form joint working teams in oil, energy, infrastructure and reconstruction projects.
December 12, 2018 18:00 UTC
The security directorate of Tripoli announced Wednesday that its former chief Salah Al-Samouie died of his wounds in a hospital in Rome, Italy. The directorate said on Facebook that Al-Samouie succumbed to his wounds sustained from the recent murder attempt in the Italian hospital on Wednesday morning. Likewise, the Presidential Council mourned the death of Al-Samouie, saying he is a true loss for all Libyans as he used to be very committed to serving the country. The Tripoli-based Special Deterrence Force (SDF) has arrested two persons responsible for the attempt to murder the former chief of Tripoli security department. "The two persons have confessed to the murder attempt.
December 12, 2018 17:15 UTC
The Security Service had early on in the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder investigation zoomed in on a suspect already known to it for other criminal acts. The 13-page report contains a brief section dedicated to the Caruana Galizia murder that happened on 16 October 2017. In court, it had emerged that the Security Service had been tapping the phone of one of the murder suspects before Caruana Galizia’s assassination. The Security Service and the police denied the accusation. The annual report says that the dedicated team of agents focusing on the Caruana Galizia murder is still operational today.
December 12, 2018 14:03 UTC
The American Petroleum Institute (API) said on Tuesday that U.S. crude inventories dropped by 10.2 million barrels last week, more than analysts had forecast. “The oil market is regaining further ground this morning in the wake of a bullish API report,” Stephen Brennock of oil broker PVM said, although he sounded a note of caution. The Libyan cutback follows last week’s decision by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and some non-OPEC producers including Russia to cut supply by 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd) for six months from Jan. 1. Undermining the OPEC-led supply cuts is soaring output in the United States, which is set to end 2018 as the world’s top oil producer, ahead of Russia and Saudi Arabia. A shale revolution has helped the United States produce a record amount of oil this year.
December 12, 2018 12:35 UTC
The General Electric Company of Libya (GECOL) announced that the maintenance process of Khoms steam station will be completed before the end of this year, pointing out that this process will increase the public network's capacity by about 600 megawatts. This came during the convening of the GECOL general assembly under the chair of the Presidential Council's head Fayez Al-Sarraj. The assembly members reviewed the company's activities and the report of the Special Supervisory Authority, as well as the adoption of the estimated budgets for the year 2019, and the needs of the company and its employees.
Foreign Minister of the Presidential Council (PC) Mohamed Sayala, said that a Libyan lawyer has been assigned to defend the Libyan citizens arrested recently in Italy on charges of human trafficking. Sayala clarified during a press conference held Tuesday in Tripoli, that the Italian judiciary issued a prison sentence against Libyan nationals. He also pointed out that his ministry is working to transfer the detainees to Libyan prisons in coordination with the Italian authorities, in order to be tried before the Libyan courts and serve their sentences in Libya.
The head of the High Council of State (HCS) Khaled al-Mishri expressed his regret on the non-adherence of some Libyan parties to the Paris Declaration which provided for the holding of presidential and parliamentary elections on December 10. During a meeting with French Ambassador to Libya Béatrice du Hellen on Tuesday in Tripoli, Al-Mishri stressed the necessity of holding a referendum on the constitution as soon as possible, before the presidential and parliamentary elections, according to the HCS Information Office.
A United Nations delegation expressed its readiness to provide full support to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in providing the immediate needs of displaced people and returnees to their areas. The delegation explained during talks held with the Minister of State for Displacement and Displaced Affairs Yousif Jalala in Tripoli, that support would be provided in partnership with the Ministry of State for Displaced Affairs, and via donor countries supporting action programs of humanitarian agencies in Libya. The meeting also discussed the vision and the role of the United Nations program in Libya, as well as the revitalization of the Stability Support Fund with the international community, especially in post-conflict areas.
December 12, 2018 10:39 UTC
The spokesman for the Municipal Council of Kufra Abdullah Sulaiman confirmed the release of the men abducted from the city by an armed group without paying any ransom. "Their release came after mediation conducted by good people from the region," Sulaiman said in a press statement, confirming that the abductees have returned to their families and are in good condition. Kufra Municipal Council has condemned the recent incident of kidnapping, which included locals from the city, and the terrorizing of innocent civilians, calling on the security forces in Kufra to take all measures to establish security in the city, and to provide adequate protection to citizens and property.
December 12, 2018 10:39 UTC
The House of Representatives (HoR) has claimed that certain parties in Libya wish to prolong the status quo in the country, keeping it trapped in a political stalemate and hindering the political process "especially after the HoR has passed the 11th and 12th constitutional amendments." According to observers, the statements of the HoR reflects the political isolation it is going through, citing a "sentimental statement issued by the HoR just reminiscent of its previous achievements." "The HoR is trying to blame certain parties for the hindrance of the political process saying they are trying to destroy this country and the people's democratic wishes." Besides the HCS, many parties and individuals in Libya refused the amendments, including members from the HoR itself. They considered the amendments a political chaos and an attempt to prolong the mandate of the parliament and remain power.
December 11, 2018 19:51 UTC
The meeting, according to Al-Sirraj's media office, discussed the preparedness of the HNEC for the upcoming elections once the constitutional basis is founded. Al-Sirraj said that it is very important that the HNEC shouldn't face any legal problems or legitimacy issues while conducting the referendum and then the elections. The constitution referendum is still in the dark as many have so far refused the law issued by the House of Representatives (HoR), especially the High Council of State (HCS.) HCS's Head Khalid Al-Mishri rejected the HoR's constitutional amendments and the referendum law, saying they are at odds with the Libyan Political Agreement. The HoR passed the constitution referendum law on November 26 and divided Libya into three electoral zones and tied the adoption of the constitution to a vote of 50%+1 from each zone - that is two thirds of Libyan voters.
December 11, 2018 19:51 UTC
Here is a recap of Tuesday news headlines from The Libya ObserverExchange Rates http://lyo.ly/5acHCS head: referendum law on the constitution is contrary to the political agreement http://lyo.ly/chcItaly to host a meeting between Sarraj and Haftar Libya http://lyo.ly/chdNOC declares state of force majeure in Sharara oil field http://lyo.ly/cheWater supplies down in Tripoli due to maintaining issues http://lyo.ly/chhEU prepares for more sanctions against those who oppose the political agreement http://lyo.ly/chiLibyan Airlines discusses new fares with relevant ministries http://lyo.ly/chjLibya to participate in preparation meetings prior to Arab Maghreb Union summit http://lyo.ly/chkLIA Chair reviews with DSRSG-P institution's reforms http://lyo.ly/chmHNEC head reviews with HoR members preparations for upcoming referendum http://lyo.ly/chnLibya's NOC vows to take legal action against man behind oilfields' shutdown http://lyo.ly/chvLibya's Parliament accuses "certain parties" of protracting political stalemate http://lyo.ly/chwOfficials review preparations for upcoming Libyan elections http://lyo.ly/chx
December 11, 2018 19:07 UTC
The Chairman of the Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) Mustafa Sanallah has vowed to take legal action against the deputy leader of the Brigade 30 Infantry of Petroleum Facilities Guard, Ali Al-Hassini. Fezzan Rage Movement protesters in southern Libya have closed Sharara oilfield - Libya's largest - with the help of the Brigade 30 members, demanding their requests be answered, citing a deliberate marginalization of the south by governments. The NOC declared force majeure at Sharara oil field following the closure. Meanwhile, the UNSMIL called on the armed groups of the PFG to leave the oilfields without any preconditions. "The forced shutdown of the Sharara Oil field by armed elements claiming attachment to the local Petroleum Facilities Guard, if sustained, will result in a production loss of 388,000 barrels a day, amounting to $32.5 million dollars."
December 11, 2018 19:07 UTC
File- Egypt host Nigeria at the semi-finalsCAIRO - 11 December 2018: Nigeria secured their spot at the 2018 Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations (BSAFCON) semi-finals as the runners-up of Group B and they will face Group A leaders, Egypt, on Wednesday afternoon at the semi-finals.Nigeria gained six points from two victories over Tanzania and Libya and their only loss came against Senegal at the group opening by penalty-shootouts.On the other hand, Egypt have achieved three victories over Morocco, Madagascar and Ivory Coast to reach the second round as group leaders with 9 points.The third African Beach Soccer Cup of Nations kicked off on Saturday, Dec.8 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.Egypt participated at the last two editions and their best result came in 2016 when they achieved the third position.Egypt hosts the championship at a stadium designed especially for this tournament from Saturday, December 8 to Friday, December 14.The winner and the runners-up will represent Africa at 2019 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Paraguay.
December 11, 2018 15:00 UTC
The Chairman of the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA), Ali Mahmoud, reviewed during his meeting with the deputy UNSMIL Head for political affairs, Stephanie Williams, four initiatives currently underway, as part of what he described as the commitment of the LIA to reform and transparency. For her part, Williams reiterated UN’s support for sovereign Libyan institutions and their right to work without intimidation and interference, according to the UN account on Twitter.
December 11, 2018 14:26 UTC