The member of the High Council of State (HCS) Abulqasim Gazit said a real solution to Libya's crisis needs working without the involvement of the HCS and the House of Representatives (HoR.) On Friday, Gazit told reporters that the HoR and HCS are becoming detached from the reality of Libyans day in and day out, clinging to their own visions and refusing to give concessions. "If the HCS leadership continues to act individually, many members will defect once a chance appears in the horizon." The HCS expressed bewilderment on Thursday for the High National Election Commission (HNEC) approval of the constitution referendum law while it is still under deliberation. The HCS said the HoR had violated (Article No.12) of the appendix provisions of the political agreement when adopted the referendum law.
December 08, 2018 18:56 UTC
Here is a recap of Saturday news headlines from The Libya ObserverMore than 6000 new jobs in Iron and Steel sector http://lyo.ly/cetGeneral Company for Water and Sanitation says Tripoli is ready for any rain http://lyo.ly/ceuOPEC agree to oil production cuts http://lyo.ly/cevHCS refuses HoR-approved constitution law due to lack of consensus; hints at constitutional appeal http://lyo.ly/cf0Official calls for Libyan authorities to address Libyan detainees file in Italy Libya http://lyo.ly/cf2NOC demands implementation of salary increase decision http://lyo.ly/cf3Tunisian authorities declare senior figure of former regime persona non grata http://lyo.ly/cf4PC allocates LYD 3.5 million to address bottlenecks in Benghazi http://lyo.ly/cf5UN mission calls on Libyan authorities to enforce respect for human rights in Libyan prisons http://lyo.ly/cf7Video: Vaccination campaign kicks off in Libya http://lyo.ly/cfc
December 08, 2018 17:03 UTC
Director of Human Rights and Transitional Justice of the UN Mission Antonia De Meo stressed the need to enforce respect for human rights in Libyan prisons. This came during a seminar held by the mission with 18 senior judges, prosecutors and judicial police officers from all regions of Libya in order to apply the principles of the rule of law in prisons and to strengthen the judicial police. Discussions focused on accelerating the vetting of detainees' files and transferring the authorities of prisons to the judicial police.
December 08, 2018 13:30 UTC
The Tunisian authorities have expelled senior figure of the former regime and head of the political office of the so-called "People's Movement for Liberating Libya" Mustafa Zaidi and prevented him from entering its territory. The Tunisian authorities informed Al-Zaidi of their desire not to enter Tunisian territory immediately after arriving at Tunis-Carthage airport to participate in the preparations for the UN-backed National Conference. Tunisian sources said that the Tunisian authorities expelled al-Zaidi because his presence would cause confusion and even the failure of the conference after important actors in the Libyan scene warned they would not attend the conference if Zaidi was among the participants.
December 08, 2018 13:18 UTC
The Presidential Council (PC) issued a decision to allocate three million and five hundred thousand LYD to the Municipality of Benghazi, in order to address the bottlenecks in the city. The decision includes allocations for sewage and rainwater, as well as the accumulation of rubbish in the city. Benghazi has been under heavy rain for days now, as water levels in the valleys rose above flood stage, causing damage to homes and property and forcing the International Airport of Benina as well as other government institutions to close.
December 08, 2018 13:18 UTC
The head of Nidaa "Call" Society for Libyan Immigrants Relief in Italy, Radhwan Al-Maghrabi revealed that around 50 young men are languishing in different Italian prisons and some are facing the most severe penalties in Italian law. "Some young people were arrested on arrival in Italy and were unfairly accused of human trafficking," Al-Maghrabi said in a TV statement, adding that others were arrested on the background of criminal cases. Al-Maghrabi called on the Libyan authorities to take swift action and follow-up the files of the Libyan citizens detained in Sicily.
December 08, 2018 13:07 UTC
The National Oil Corporation (NOC) demanded the implementation of the decision to increase the salaries of the oil and gas sector employees by 67 per cent, in accordance with the interim government decision issued in 2013. This came within the discussion of the official operating budget for 2019 submitted to the Ministry of Finance. The NOC also welcomed the decision of the Libyan Audit Bureau to withdraw its objection to the payment of salaries of oil and gas sector workers for the months of October and November.
December 08, 2018 12:56 UTC
The High Council of State (HCS) expressed perplexity that the High National Election Commission (HNEC) had approved the constitution referendum law while still being under deliberation. "Such procedure will expose the consequent actions to constitutional appeals," HCS said in a statement Friday. The HCS considered that the House of Representatives (HoR) had violated Article 12 of the additional provisions of the political agreement when adopted the referendum law. The HCS welcomed the HNEC's emphasis on the need to abide by the political agreement in the implementation of any elections. The four conditions are:- The political agreement,- A constitution referendum law,- A budget to hold the referendum,- Security.
December 08, 2018 11:03 UTC
OPEC agreed on Friday to reduce oil production by 1.2 million barrels per day, excluding Libya, Iran and Venezuela,Reuters confirmed that oil prices jumped about 5% to exceed $63 a barrel, explaining that OPEC talks lasted two days in the Austrian capital Vienna, and concluded to reducing production by 800 thousand barrels per day starting next January, in addition to reductions of an additional 400,000 barrels per day by non-member allies. Oil prices witnessed a significant decline last November after Saudi Arabia increased its oil production.
December 08, 2018 10:07 UTC
Chairman of the General Company for Water and Sanitation, Mutamed Senoussi said that the company has worked during the past period to resolve most of the bottlenecks in the sewage networks in the capital Tripoli. Al-Senoussi explained in a press statement that Tripoli is prepared for any coming rain, with the exception of storms or natural disasters, pointing out that the company has utilized during the current rainy season by water withdrawal cars, especially in Albifi and Al-Sarraj areas, which have the largest accumulation of rainwater, until finding a permanent solution to the issue.
December 08, 2018 09:56 UTC
The CEO of the Libyan Iron and Steel Company, Mohammed Al-Faqih said Thursday that the company is expected to create more than 6000 new jobs. He also confirmed that the second rolling factory will be opened with a production capacity of 800,000 tons per annum of reinforcing steel, in addition to the current production of liquid steel, bringing the total output to 4.000.000 tons per year. Al-Faqih explained that this step will enhance the product and process development in view of the difficult circumstances in the country.
December 08, 2018 09:56 UTC
To then ask them to deliberately cut production would be a big ask. As it stands today, OPEC has agreed to cut a total of 800,000 bpd while non-OPEC, which includes heavyweight Russia, will cut 400,000 bpd. In October, according to OPEC’s MOMR, Iran’s production was 3.3 million bpd in October. Iran’s production has reached 3.8 million in the past, so the capacity is there, so long as the customers are. Al-Falih, while not providing production cut figures for individual members, did mention that Saudi Arabia’s production cut volume would be 500,000 bpd.
December 08, 2018 00:00 UTC
"The total number of deaths fell by 27 percent between 2016 and 2017, with the largest falls occurring in Iraq and Syria. The findings noted that the decline of the Islamic State terror group has played a big part in the decline in the number of terror attacks being committed since 2014. "In the U.S., total deaths rose from 64 to 86, primarily as the result of the Las Vegas shooting in October 2017 that killed 59 people. Europe, on the other hand, had the biggest percentage improvement, with total deaths from terrorism falling by 75 percent, especially in the nations of France, Germany and Belgium. Overall there were 18,814 deaths due to terrorism recorded worldwide for 2017, which was the lowest level since 2013.
December 07, 2018 23:37 UTC
By UNIVIENNA: UAE Energy Minister Suhail Mazrouei said Friday that Iran, Libya and Venezuela were the only three countries to receive exemptions from the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC producers agreement on oil production curtailment. "Some countries with special circumstances will be given exemptions from the participation [in oil production cuts], which means the percentage that we will distribute among us [OPEC] in terms of a cut will be higher than the average for everyone. These countries are Iran and Venezuela because of the sanctions, and Libya because of the fact that they are unfortunately on and off [in terms of oil production] due to the situation in [the country]. These are the only three countries that have been given [exemptions]," the minister said.
December 07, 2018 18:33 UTC
VIENNA — Oil prices spiked sharply higher Friday as major oil producers, including the OPEC cartel, agreed to cut global oil production by 1.2 million barrels a day to reduce oversupply. VIENNA — Oil prices spiked sharply higher Friday as major oil producers, including the OPEC cartel, agreed to cut global oil production by 1.2 million barrels a day to reduce oversupply. Oil producers have been under pressure to reduce production following a sharp fall in oil prices over the past couple of months. Ann-Louise Hittle, a vice-president at oil industry expert Wood Mackenzie, said the production cut "would tighten" the oil market by the third quarter next year and help lift Brent prices back above $70 per barrel. The World does not want to see, or need, higher oil prices!"
December 07, 2018 16:52 UTC