New head of Supreme Court elected unanimouslyBy Sami Zaptia. London, 29 April 2021:The General Assembly of the Supreme Court yesterday elected Abdalla Burzeza as the new Head of the Supreme Court. This will presumably have to be confirmed by the HoR and the HSC, but it is expected that they will rubber stamp it in an effort to maintain the perception of the independence of Libya’s judiciary from political interference. The judiciary had been keen to maintain their independence and had resisted attempts by the House of Representatives and the High State Council to have a say in the election process. Supreme Judicial Council rejects Bouznika political interference in judicial appointments | (libyaherald.com)HoR and HSC meeting at Morocco’s Bouznika agree criteria for choosing positions, form committees to accept nominations from tomorrow for one week | (libyaherald.com)Libya’s Supreme Judicial Council rejects Morocco talks outcomes on political division of judicial appointments | (libyaherald.com)
April 29, 2021 14:26 UTC
The UN envoy to Libya Jan Kubis met with Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah and Deputy Prime Minister Ramadan Boujnah to discuss several files, including the upcoming elections and the situation in the south coinciding with the flare-up of events in Chad. They also discussed the budget and other areas of collaboration between the UN and the GNU in support of the Libyan people, including the security situation in Libya and the region following developments in Chad. Kubis informed Dbeibah of the results of his recent visits and talks that took place in various capitals to support peace efforts in Libya. In his meeting with Boujenah, Kubis discussed the security situation in the country and, in particular, in southern Libya, especially in light of recent developments in Chad. They also discussed ways to boost the humanitarian support to southern towns and cities through the UN Agencies, Funds, and Programmes.
April 29, 2021 13:30 UTC
The end of the road for current CBL Governor El-Kaber? London, 29 April 2021:Current Central Bank of Libya (CBL) Governor Saddek El-Kaber has not been nominated to continue on in his role as Governor of the CBL. The end of the road for current CBL Governor El-Kaber? In the case of the position of the Governor of the Central Bank, neither the current Governor, Saddek El-kaber, nor any of the current members of the board have been nominated for the post. UNSMIL rejects HoR election of Shukri as central bank governor, says Elkaber still in place | (libyaherald.com)CBL Governor Saddek Elkaber sacked again | (libyaherald.com)
April 29, 2021 13:30 UTC
CAIRO – 29 April 2021: On April 27, many important events that changed the world map took place. Important world events:1827 - The Kasbah incident occurred when the governor of Algeria, Dai Hussein, hits the French consul with a fan on his face. As a result, France occupied Algeria. 1945 - Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun marry; then commit suicide the following day. 1915 - The defeat of the Italians in the Battle of Al-Ghardabiya in Libya, the biggest defeat they have suffered since their invasion of Libya in October 1911.
April 29, 2021 13:18 UTC
The Libyan Coast Guard rescued 108 immigrants of varying nationalities on Wednesday, whilst they attempted to reach European shores on a rubber dinghy. The spokesman for the Head of the Naval Forces stated that the Coast Guard had received a distress call, following which, it launched an urgent rescue and recovery operation off the north coast, near Zawiya. He added that as soon as the rescue operation was completed, the rescued migrants were disembarked at the Tripoli Naval Base landing point in preparation for handover to the Anti-illegal Immigration Agency.
April 29, 2021 12:22 UTC
CAIRO – 29 April 2021: Egypt’s Electricity Minister Mohamed Shaker said the country is studying the possibility to add up to 2,000-3,000 megawatts of electricity in power linkage with Libya, up from 240 MW. Shaker noted that the ministry is keen to transfer electricity to Tripoli with the highest quality and best service. Sisi noted that Egypt can export to each of these countries up to 1,000-2,000 megawatts of electricity based on their needs. Shaker said the ministry will choose an international consultant for the power linkage project with Cyprus at a capacity of 3,000 MW. The minister noted that Egypt carries out power linkage projects with the aim of turning the country into an international hub of energy through linkage with Africa, Europe and the Gulf countries.
April 29, 2021 11:37 UTC
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Wednesday said 108 additional migrants were intercepted off the Libyan coast. “Today, 108 migrants, including ten women and four children were returned to Libya by the coast guard,” IOM tweeted while “We maintain that the arbitrary detention of migrants must end,” IOM said. According to IOM, a total of 6,174 migrants have been rescued off the Libyan coast so far this year, including 426 women and 277 minors. In 2020, a total of 11,891 immigrants were rescued and returned to Libya, IOM estimates, noting that 381 migrants died and 597 went missing on the Central Mediterranean route during the same period. Rescued migrants end up inside overcrowded reception centers across Libya, despite repeated international calls to close them.
April 29, 2021 03:33 UTC
A composed mindset is always necessary in foreign policy. What it needs is a strategy of energetic, democratic, multidimensional foreign policy. UnderstatementThe first 20 months of the New Democracy government was a period during which the party downplayed Turkey’s actions. Was it rash to allow third-party demands to dictate our foreign policy? Overlooking realityThis policy of downplaying Turkey’s actions was accompanied by a lack of understanding of the essence of its foreign policy, as well as of our partners’ stance toward Ankara.
April 28, 2021 19:07 UTC
The Turkish parliament has approved the establishment of a parliamentary friendship committee between the Turkish parliament and its Libyan and Egyptian counterparts, according to the Turkish newspaper Zaman. The newspaper reported that the proposal was submitted by the Justice and Development Party a few days ago. The resolution was adopted unanimously and coincided with the upcoming official meeting of the representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in two countries together next week. The Spokesman for the Turkish Presidency, Ibrahim Kalin, had earlier said that the normalization of relations with Egypt would reflect positively on the present situation in Libya.
April 28, 2021 18:56 UTC
“We will therefore continue this work as a formal investigation to establish whether this is the case,” the commission said. Asked who paid the initial invoices for the refurbishment, Johnson said he had covered the costs and he had conformed in full with the code of conduct and ministerial code. Starmer said Johnson had been selecting wallpaper for 840 pounds ($1,164) a roll in the middle of the crisis. Critics say that if the funds had come originally from a Conservative Party supporter, this would raise the question of influence-peddling. Johnson was asked in parliament if the refurbishment was financed by Conservative Party donor David Brownlow.
April 28, 2021 17:37 UTC
On February 5th, the United Nations (UN) sponsored elections for the fourth interim government in Libya since Qadhafi’s dethronement and it is unclear what makes this time different. The HoR voted to reject the last UN-backed interim government in 2016, which stoked the conflict further. There is a chance that Saleh, Haftar, or the newly elected leaders will delay elections to ensure they stay in power. If this does not happen in the next 10 months, Libyans are doomed to the same fate as the fallouts from the previous interim governments. She studies Arabic at California University of Pennsylvania and recently gave a lecture on Libya at City College of San Francisco.
April 28, 2021 15:55 UTC
Anti-Corruption Commission calls on outgoing ministers to complete financial disclosure formBy Sami Zaptia. London, 28 April 2021:Libya’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) yesterday called on all the Ministers and Deputy Ministers of the outgoing Faiez Serraj government that have not done so already, to complete the mandatory financial disclosure form. The NACC said this must be done within one week and warned that those that fail to do so may result in legal action. Finance Minister is the first to hand-in his anti-corruption Financial Disclaimer | (libyaherald.com)Activation of ‘Financial Disclosure Declarations’ and identifying groups obliged to complete them | (libyaherald.com)NACC employees demonstrate against the arrest of their head by the Military Prosecutor | (libyaherald.com)Arrest and arrest warrants for eight state employees on charges of corruption: Attorney General’s Office | (libyaherald.com)Serraj anti-corruption drive: announces his full support for oversight entities and seeks to enforce financial disclosure by top officials – report and analysis | (libyaherald.com)
April 28, 2021 14:26 UTC
CAIRO – 28 April 2021: Egypt has sent, Wednesday a military transport plane loaded with medical and humanitarian supplies to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Armed Forces General Command ordered the departure of the shipment to support the country in facing up to all challenges and crises besetting them. On April 13 and Upon the directives of President Sisi, the Egyptian Armed Forces sent two military jets carrying tons of medical aid to Libya's Sabha Airport. Earlier the Egyptian Armed Forces sent to Burundi a military jet carrying baby formula as aid. In March, the Egyptian Armed Forces also sent aid to South Sudan and Yemen.
April 28, 2021 13:41 UTC
End of Libya’s cash liquidity problem? London, 28 April 2021:The Central Bank of Libya (CBL) reported yesterday that the liquidity problem will end across all Libya. During the meeting, the implementation of the plan previously agreed upon with the banks to solve the liquidity problem was followed up. The banks reported that all their branches are open to customers with sufficient stock of liquidity in their vaults, which means that ‘‘the liquidity problem will end in most regions of the country’’, the CBL reported. During the meeting, the Governor also directed some commercial banks to quickly close their closing balance sheets and settle the accumulated suspensions.
April 28, 2021 13:41 UTC
Net production for Libya was 18,000 boepd in the first quarter of 2021 compared with 5,000 boepd in the first quarter of 2020. Midstream capital expenditures were $23 million in the first quarter of 2021, down from $57 million in the prior-year quarter. Net production from the Shenzi Field was 12,000 boepd in the first quarter of 2020 and 3,000 boepd in the fourth quarter of 2020. Libya net production was 18,000 boepd in the first quarter of 2021, 5,000 boepd in the first quarter of 2020 and 12,000 boepd in the fourth quarter of 2020. Denmark net production was 6,000 boepd in the first quarter of 2021, 7,000 boepd in the first quarter of 2020 and 6,000 boepd in the fourth quarter of 2020.
April 28, 2021 11:26 UTC