The Chairman of the Libyan High National Elections Commission (HNEC) Emad Al-Sayeh met with a number of the House of Representatives (HoR) members as part of preparations for the referendum on the draft constitution. The meeting, which was held yesterday at the HNEC's HQ in Tripoli, reviewed the implementation plan for the referendum process, and the steps needed for the effective implementation of this plan. The meeting also discussed the remarks received on the referendum law and ways to address them. For their part, the HoR members expressed their willingness to provide support for the voter awareness campaign in preparations for the forthcoming elections.
December 11, 2018 14:26 UTC
The European Union (EU) said in a statement Monday that it was prepared to deal with issues of additional sanctions against people opposed to the political agreement in Libya. The statement added that the EU will remain ready to take into account any requests to impose additional sanctions on the "saboteurs" hindering the political agreement. It also stressed its efforts to support preparations for the upcoming elections in Libya, through the High National Electoral Commission (HNEC), praising the efforts made by the HNEC in this regard.
December 11, 2018 13:52 UTC
The Secretary-General of the Arab Maghreb Union Tayeb Al-Bakoush, has confirmed Libya's participation in the preparatory meeting, along with three other countries in Tunisia, in preparation for the seventh summit of the union. Al-Bakoush clarified during his participation in the roundtable of the Union of Maghreb workers that the other participating countries include Tunisia, Algeria, and Mauritania. The seventh summit of the Arab Maghreb Union will be held in the Moroccan capital, Rabat, in the coming period, in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the Union's establishment.
December 11, 2018 13:52 UTC
The National Water Resources Authority (NWRA) stated Monday that the shortage and interruption of water supplies in some areas of Tripoli was due to the low water pressure in Hasawna System after re-routing the water supply to the eastern track. "The measure was taken for maintenance issues, because of violations committed by some citizens, who installed illegal connections to the system," The NWRA explained on Facebook. The NWRA emphasized that the operation and maintenance teams are working to restore water supply to normal as soon as possible, warning that the high incidence of attacks on the Man-made River Administration will threaten the water supplies to the capital.
December 11, 2018 12:56 UTC
“Moving forward, that means an extra eye on any tangible evidence of supply reductions, particularly from Saudi Arabia and Russia.”Prices had climbed on Friday, after the news of the production cut agreement, then fell on Monday. Volatility continues after the more-than-30% plunge by oil prices from a nearly four-year high hit in early October. “EIA’s December short-term outlook largely attributes the recent decline in Brent crude oil spot prices, which averaged $65 per barrel in November, to record production among the world’s largest crude oil producers and concerns about weaker global oil demand,” Linda Capuano, EIA administrator, said in a statement. Monthly oil reports will also be released by OPEC on Wednesday and by the International Energy Agency on Thursday. Providing critical information for the U.S. trading day.
December 11, 2018 12:30 UTC
Joseph Muscat: Neville Muscat is doing a very good jobUpdated at 2pm with PD reactionPrime Minister Joseph Muscat has stood by a civil servant who carried out unofficial meetings with a Libyan warlord, Haithem Tajouri, posing as the prime minister’s special envoy. Muscat told reporters that Neville Gafà “was doing a very good job” after the civil servant was sacked from the Foundation for Medical Services (FMS) on order of deputy prime minister and health minister Chris Fearne. It turns out that Gafà has been transferred elsewhere, according to comments by Muscat today. Gafà was revealed to have travelled to Libya and, according to official communications from Tripoli, met with government ministers in his capacity of “special envoy of the Prime Minister”. The PD leader said the party would continue insisting that the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister give a full account of Gafa's actions in Parliament.
December 11, 2018 12:22 UTC
Jordanian Union Delegation Visits DamascusSyria’s Bashar al-Assad speaks during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, October 20, 2015. (Reuters)London - Asharq Al-AwsatSpeaker of the Syrian People’s Assembly Hammoudeh Sabbagh met on Sunday with a visiting delegation from the Jordanian Engineers Association. Sources in the Syrian capital quoted Sabbagh as underlining the importance of strengthening relations and exchanging experiences between trade unions and professional associations in Syria and Jordan. He added that the delegation’s visit to Syria was a “true expression of solidarity and support for the Syrian people in the war targeting it, highlighting the deep social and kinship relations binding the Syrian and Jordanian peoples.”The head of the delegation, Ahmad al-Zoubi, said the association was ready to support the Syrian people during the reconstruction and rebuilding stage, especially in the fields of electricity and renewable energy. During the visit, the Jordanian and Syrian engineers unions signed an agreement to cooperate and facilitate the development of scientific exchange for the first time in years.
December 11, 2018 11:11 UTC
The National Oil Corporation (NOC) declared the state of force majeure in the Sharara oil field following its closure by an armed group last Saturday. The NOC explained via its website that it has initiated a review of the necessary procedures to evacuate workers for their safety as a result of the forced closure of the field by what they described as "militias" that claim to be the guards of oil facilities. NOC demanded these groups to evacuate the oil field immediately and unconditionally, insisting it will not engage in any negotiations and that no concessions would be made, especially after the use of violence by insulting workers and stealing their phones.
December 11, 2018 09:45 UTC
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte disclosed of a meeting between the Presidential Council's (PC) head Fayez Al-Sarraj and commander of the so-called Dignity Operation Khalifa Haftar in Rome. Conte clarified that the meeting is to be held next week in Rome, adding that the step is part of Italy's efforts to reach a solution to the Libyan crisis. Conte's comments came after news circulated by foreign media outlets that Sarraj has made an invitation to Haftar to visit Tripoli amid heightened security reinforcements.
December 11, 2018 09:45 UTC
President of the High Council of State (HCS), Khalid al-Mishri, said that the amendments to the Constitutional declaration made by the House of Representatives (HoR) are contrary to the political agreement, noting that this agreement is the only way to a common political formula. Al-Mishri pointed out that the amendment of the political agreement's articles will cancel the original version, stressing the objection of the HCS on dividing Libya into three constituencies. The HoR has approved in a meeting held on November 26, the constitutional amendment, which includes the fortification of Article VI of the referendum law, which requires the division of the country into three circles. It was also stipulated that the draft constitution would have to reach 50 + 1 in each region, which is two-thirds of the people nationwide. The HCS's head pointed out that the new amendment did not clarify in the case the constitution was refused by the Libyan people that it will be referred to the Constitution Drafting Assembly, unlike the first amendment.
December 11, 2018 09:22 UTC
Despite that, overall sentiment on oil prices remained weak amid worries over global stock markets and doubts that planned supply cuts led by producer club OPEC will be enough to rein in oversupply. International Brent crude oil futures were at $60.19 per barrel at 0336 GMT, up 19 cents, or 0.3 percent, from their last close. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $51.16 per barrel, up 16 cents, or 0.3 percent. Crude futures have lost around a third of their value since early October amid the financial market slump and an emerging oil supply overhang. Stock selloff snowballs on fresh fears for world growthIn physical markets, Kuwait and Iran this week both reduced their January crude oil supply prices to AsiaThe OPEC-led group of oil producers last Friday announced a supply cut of 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd) in crude oil supply from January, measured against October 2018 output levels.
December 11, 2018 03:45 UTC
Libya is facing a major oil crisis as a group comprising local tribesmen and members of the field’s security guard seized the largest field in the country, Sharara. Reuters reported the field had already shut down on Sunday, quoting petroleum engineers working on the site. The danger of it shutting down, however, remains serious as NOC acknowledged in its statement. This would equate to a combined daily cost to the Libyan economy of $32.5 million.”The occupation of the field comes on the heels of a rough weather spell that caused floods and shut down all four export oil terminals in Libya temporarily, slashing the country’s production. Currently, according to NOC, Libya produces crude at a daily rate of 900,000 bpd, down 300,000 bpd from last month.
December 10, 2018 21:33 UTC
Here is a recap of Monday news headlines from The Libya ObserverExchange Rates http://lyo.ly/5acMMRA confirms attack on Hasawna water System http://lyo.ly/cggVoter registration for Local Government Elections to open Wednesday http://lyo.ly/cghFuel crisis committee calls for more efforts to end smuggling of fuel http://lyo.ly/cgiNew round of fighting looming as pressure builds in the oil region http://lyo.ly/cgjMinistry of Health adopts new health strategy http://lyo.ly/cgmLibyan Navy welcomes halting of non-governmental organization activities in Mediterranean http://lyo.ly/cgoMinister of Education discusses with US Ambassador support in education sector http://lyo.ly/cgpEuro-Med Human Rights Monitor blames Saudi Arabia for forced disappearance of 3 Libyans http://lyo.ly/cgxNational Center for Disease Control confirms recording leishmaniasis cases in the outskirts of Sirte http://lyo.ly/cgyVideo: Wadi Wishka Dam http://lyo.ly/cgqSpokesman: Libya's referendum law must be in line with political agreement http://lyo.ly/ch3Haftar's loyalists seize houses in Libya's Derna http://lyo.ly/ch2
December 10, 2018 19:18 UTC
William Hennequin, MSF program manager for Libya, wrote an open letter today to Ghassan Salamé, special representative and head of the United Nations support mission in Libya, raising concerns about the forced return of migrants to Libya. The letter calls on the UN to do more to protect refugees and migrants trapped in Libya, while scaling up existing evacuation mechanisms outside the country. MSF teams directly witnessed the despair of people onboard the Nivin from November 11 to 18. The scars seen by MSF’s medical teams on several patients attest to the extreme levels of violence they had experienced. This situation is the result of deliberate and concerted efforts by Europe to prevent refugees, migrants, and asylum-seekers from reaching its doorsteps at any cost, in collaboration with Libyan coast guards.”
December 10, 2018 18:45 UTC
The referendum law for the Libyan constitution must be at accord with the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) signed in Skhirat on December 17, 2015, the Head of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sirraj was cited by his spokesman Mohammed El Sallak as saying. "This would immune the constitution referendum from any appeals." El Sallak added in presser on Monday. He also spoke of Al-Sirraj's support to the National Conference that is set for January 2019, saying it is vital for the conduct of elections and the constitution referendum. He expressed, however; discomfort for the shutdown of Sharara oilfield in southern Libya, saying it could negatively impact the economic reforms, urging the protesters to have peaceful demonstrations to express their demands.
December 10, 2018 18:45 UTC