The Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) welcomed Monday the decision of the Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity, Abdul-Hamid Dbeibah, to withdraw the decision of the Minister of Oil and Gas to suspend the Chairman of the NOC from work, and consider all decisions, correspondence and measures taken in this regard to have no legal effect. NOC said this decision came within the framework of the strenuous efforts made by the Prime Minister to address some of the disputes that have emerged recently between the newly created Ministry of Oil and Gas and the National Oil Corporation, leading to confusion at workplace and gave an opportunity for some prowlers in the sector to try to destabilize and undermine production, which may negatively reflect on the recovery of the national economy. "In this regard, the National Oil Corporation affirms its full commitment to all the instructions of the Prime Minister in particular, and its adherence to professional work in accordance with its competencies authorized by law. NOC also confirms that it is ready to turn the page of the past, work together with the Ministry of Oil for the public interest, and achieve the requirements of the stage, each according to its competencies." Dbeibah issued an order Sunday that annulled the decision of the Minister of Oil to suspend Sanallah.
September 20, 2021 18:39 UTC
Analysis: Libya’s status quo power elite continues to be unified in conspiring against public desire for elections? Polarised politics of fearThis raises the question of whether the status quo forces prefer the current polarised political scene with Hafter serving as a convenient scarecrow. The HSC is an unelected body born out of exceptional circumstances in the 2015 Skhirat Libyan Political Agreement (LPA). Saleh chose not to bring the presidential election law back to the floor from committee stage for what seemed a routine vote of approval. Ultimately, the HSC, Ageela Saleh and Hafter – and their international backers – know they are fighting an existentialist battle – and elections would be their doom.
September 20, 2021 18:00 UTC
Cruises between Turkey and Libya to start end of September, visa cancellation expected – Turkish exports up and expected to reach over US$ 2 billion by year end: KaranfilBy Sami Zaptia. Karanfil noted that economic relations between Turkey and Libya have improved since the Government of National Unity under the prime ministership of Abd Alhamid Aldabaiba took office in March this year. Turkish exports up“Our exports have risen by 65 percent. Cruise ships will carry passengers, cars and freight“We will now start these expeditions with two cruise ships in the first place. Turkish exports to Libya reach US$ 1.2 bn – up by 72.3 percent to June | (libyaherald.com)Turkey’s exports to Libya up 67 percent this year – could triple by year end | (libyaherald.com)Suez Canal blockage hastens establishment of Turkish logistic centre in Libya for African trade | (libyaherald.com)
September 20, 2021 14:26 UTC
HoR starts a closed session to consider demand by 45 members to withdraw confidence from Aldabaiba governmentBy Sami Zaptia. London, 20 September 2021:The Official Spokesperson for the House of Representatives (HoR), Abdalla Belheeg, confirmed that the HoR has started its session today. He also confirmed that the session will discuss the motion by 45 members to withdraw confidence from the Abd Alhamid Aldabaiba Libyan government. AnalysisMost analysts hold the view that there is not a majority in the House to withdraw confidence from the government. Forty-five HoR members submit vote-of-no-confidence in Aldabaiba government | (libyaherald.com)At the HoR’s government questioning session today: Who is to blame for the delay in approving the 2021 budget?
September 20, 2021 12:22 UTC
Cairo flights to Tripoli, Benghazi and Misrata to resume on 30 SeptemberBy Sami Zaptia. London, 20 September 2021:The Libyan government announced yesterday that direct flights between Tripoli, Benghazi and Misrata to Cairo will resume as of 30 September. Previously there were only flights from Tripoli to Alexandria. The announcement of the planned resumption of flights from Libya to Cairo follows on from the visit of Libyan Prime Minister Abd Alhamid Aldabaiba and his high-level delegation last week to Egypt. There have also been agreements over the weekend to resume flights with Malta and Tunisia.
September 20, 2021 12:00 UTC
TunisAir Express to resume flights between Djerba and TripoliBy Sami Zaptia. London, 20 September 2021:TunisAir Express announced Saturday that it will resume flights between Djerba and Tripoli Mitiga airport as of Thursday 23 September. There will be two weekly flights on Thursdays and Sundays. The announcement by TunisAir Express follows on from the decision by Tunisia and Libya to reopen their land and air borders last Friday following its closure because of the Coronavirus in mid-July. It also follows on from the announcement on 16 September by parent company TunisAir that it will also be resuming its flights as of Thursday 23 September from Tunis Carthage airport to Tripoli Mitiga and Benghazi Benina airports.
September 20, 2021 11:02 UTC
The Libyan crisis is entering its 10th year, no closer to a resolution. Beyond the immediate threat, the Libyan crisis is an indictment of Europe's ability to fend for itself, ironic given the recent fixation with the idea of 'strategic autonomy'. Discussing European strategic autonomy when it is without a strategy to deal with Libya is not only self-indulgent; it is pathetic. Beyond elections, Brussels must distinguish itself from international actors by engaging with the profound question at the heart of the Libyan crisis. Strategic autonomy - Europe fending for its own interests - begins at the shores of Tripoli.
September 20, 2021 05:02 UTC
The head of the High Council of State (HCS), Khaled Al-Mishri, confirmed, during his meeting with the Italian Ambassador to Libya, Giuseppe Buccino, along with the Envoy of the Italian Foreign Minister, Nicola Orlando, that the HCS had resolved to refer the draft constitutional regulations and proposed laws for the parliamentary and presidential elections to the House of Representatives (HoR) for consultation, as stipulated in the political agreement. Al-Mishri stressed the HCS’s eagerness to hold the elections as scheduled, along with the necessity for the HoR and the HCS to concur on the legal adoption of the election laws, reiterating his rejection of the proposed law on the election of the president unilaterally approved by the parliament. He continued by saying that this unilateral approval would obstruct the political process, according to the statement published on the HCS Facebook page.
September 19, 2021 20:26 UTC
Cairo (AP) —Army loyal to a powerful Libyan commander said two military planes crashed in a village in eastern Libya on Sunday, killing at least two police officers. The self-proclaimed Libyan Arab Army, led by General Khalifa Hifter, said the helicopter had collided over the village of Musus, 130 km southeast of Benghazi. In a short statement, LAAF said General Buzid al-Barasi died in a crash and a second helicopter crew survived. Hifter troops control much of eastern and southern Libya. The crash occurred as they were fighting Chad fighters in the southern region of Libya on the border with Chad.
September 19, 2021 19:37 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Forces loyal to a powerful Libyan commander said two military planes crashed on Sunday in over a village in eastern Libya, killing at least two officers. Gen. Bouzied al-Barrasi, was killed in the crash, while the second helicopter crew survived, the LAAF said in a brief statement. The statement did not give the cause of crash and said the helicopters were on a military mission. Hifter’s forces control eastern and most of southern Libya. The crash came as they have been battling Chadian fighters in Libya’s southern areas on the border with Chad.
September 19, 2021 18:56 UTC
How can young people regain their normal lives, or those they were accustomed to before the outbreak of chaos, at the very least? Moreover, the government did not submit official studies to implement the presidential initiative, and work was limited to a system for registering those wishing to marry. However, Sharif, a journalist from the city of Tobruk, warned of negative repercussions and dire consequences that the marriage initiative will have in the long run, regardless of the moral boost to the initiative. The human rights defender, who preferred not to be named for personal reasons, pointed to the occurrence of dangerous acts in Libyan society, in light of the “marriage initiative,” saying: “There are reports of unrealistic marriage contracts and without cohabitation between the spouses (marriage on paper) with the girl staying in the house. The marriage initiative opens the door wide for large segments of Libyans to express their opinions and viewpoints.
September 19, 2021 16:18 UTC
Dbeibah’s Sept. 14 decree, which was seen by Bloomberg, effectively nullifies an earlier decision by the oil minister, who sought to suspend the National Oil Corp.’s, Mustafa Sanalla. Oil Minister Mohamed Oun’s August decision had been predicated on a claim that Sanalla had traveled abroad without approval — a “violation” of ministry policy. The formation of the oil ministry created administrative overlap with the NOC, resulting in ambiguity over who’s best equipped to run the vital sector. Relative political stability over the past few months resulted in output hovering at almost 1.2 million barrels per day. Interrupting that cash flow could undermine political stability, including much-anticipated December elections.
September 19, 2021 15:33 UTC
The Italian Defense Minister, Lorenzo Guerini, is due to visit Libya to discuss strengthening bilateral military cooperation, according to the Italian Nova news agency. Guerini stated in his speech during a festival held in Trieste, “Today, we are an important focus for Libya, within a process of a political nature, which I sincerely hope Libya will implement to the end.”He further added, “I think that we must bolster the efforts of the international community to stabilize the Libyan political process,” reiterating the necessity for dialogue with Turkey in particular.
September 18, 2021 18:22 UTC
UN Immigration officials said on Friday that thousands of European migrants were intercepted and returned to Libya as desperate people trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe are increasingly at risk. The fate and whereabouts of thousands of other migrants remain unknown, she added. So far this year, the number of migrants intercepted and returned to Libya is more than double that of 2020, when more than 11,890 people were returned to the shore. advertisementSecurity guards have been accused of sexually assaulting female migrants in at least one government-run detention center. The Associated Press reported in 2019 that many migrants also simply disappeared from detention centers and were sold to traffickers and other centers.
September 18, 2021 06:00 UTC
ON BOARD THE GEO BARENTS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA (AP) — A U.N. migration agency official expressed concerns Friday over the disappearance of thousands of Europe-bound migrants who were intercepted and returned to Libya as more and more desperate people risk their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. However, only 6,000 have been accounted for in official detention centers in the North African country, she said. The fate and whereabouts of thousands of other migrants remain unknown, she added. “We fear that many are ending up in the hands of criminal groups and traffickers, while others are being extorted for release,” Msehli said. A spokesman for Libya’s Interior Ministry, which oversees the detention centers, did not immediately respond to a request by The Associated Press for comment.
September 17, 2021 19:41 UTC