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Libya’s downward spiral

The uprisings in Benghazi that sparked the fall of the Qadhafi regime began on 15 February 2011. Four years on from that euphoric time, few could have predicted just how bad things in Libya would become. While the challenges facing the country as it embarked upon the transition from authoritarianism …

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Libya's rogue general denies bid to oust prime minister

A leading Libyan military commander has denied he ordered the prime minister’s convoy to be blocked late last week. General Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army and operating with the authority of the internationally recognised parliament in Tobruk, tweeted his denial after Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani’s visit to Benghazi.

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Libya’s rogue general denies bid to oust prime minister

A leading Libyan military commander has denied he ordered the prime minister’s convoy to be blocked late last week. General Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army and operating with the authority of the internationally recognised parliament in Tobruk, tweeted his denial after Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani’s visit to Benghazi.

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Libya is interested by military equipment and technical cooperation from Russia.

Libya is interested in military and technical cooperation with Russia, Mohamed Abdelaziz, special envoy of Libya’s Council of Deputies chairman, said on Thursday, February 5, 2014. “Our cooperation in military and technical sphere is a historic partnership existing for nearly 40 years,” Abdelaziz, currently on a visit to Moscow, said. …

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Libyan peace talks to resume

Libya’s warring factions are to resume the UN-brokered talks on Tuesday inside Libya, according to Libyan officials. Different parties are now arguing over where the meeting should take place, though only three cities are nominated, a member of the self-appointed parliament, the General National Congress (GNC), told Xinhua.

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Libya Reverses a Purge

Earlier this week, Libya’s internationally recognized parliament votedto abolish the controversial Political Isolation Law passed two years ago by the previous legislature. A classic example of lustration, the law disbarred any officials with links to the Qaddafi regime from holding public office. On the face of it, such a move …

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Libya’s black hole sucks in the neighbours

The dynamic that is driving Libya towards a renewal of the civil war that, three-and-a-half years ago, ended the Qadhafi regime seems irresistible. The country has two governments, each situated at opposite ends of the country, each with its complement of armed militias and each with seemingly irreconcilable objectives which …

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Libya court recognizes Tobruk parliament polls

A Libyan court on Thursday overturned a previous court ruling considering the elections of Libya’s House of Representatives unconstitutional. The court – in the eastern city of Al-Bayda – ordered a suspension of the previous ruling, which was issued by a constitutional department at another court in Libyan capital Tripoli …

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Combat and dialogue

Prospects for a negotiated solution to Libya’s deep national crisis have improved, but continued fighting on the ground is challenging UN-sponsored talks, writes Kamel Abdallah. Participants in the Libyan dialogue sponsored by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) completed a second round of talks at the Palais des Nations …

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