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Libyan elections will be held in 2018 only if conditions are right: Salame

Libya Herald’s Co-founder and Managing Editor Sami Zaptia was invited by the organizers of the Rome 2017 Mediterranean Dialogues (29 November to 2 December) to interview in front of a live audience Special Representative of the Secretary General of the UN (SRSG) and UNSMIL head Ghassan Salame. The interview was …

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Libya is going to elections, constitution referendum in 2018: Prime Minister says

The Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez Al-Serraj has disclosed that there has been agreement with the Libyan National Elections Commission to organize the parliamentary and presidential elections early in 2018.

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Libya’s Central Bank hints at rejecting Al-Sirraj’s call for unification with eastern parallel bank

The Central Bank of Libya (CBL) has issued a statement expressing bewilderment at the decision of the Head of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sirraj to hold a meeting for the two governors of the CBL – in Tripoli and in Al-Bayda – in order to end parallelism as per the …

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The Netherlands gives $1.65 million to support Libya elections

The Dutch government has given $1.65 million to help with the next round of elections in Libya. It has been handed to the UN Development Programme for it electoral project fund which is aimed at ensuring that the High National Elections Commission’s (HNEC) management of the election processes is in …

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ACA suspends seven Libyan diplomats in Tunis

The Tripoli-based Administrative Control Authority (ACA), the Libyan state body in charge of oversight of state employees, announced yesterday that it has temporarily suspended and referred for investigation seven diplomats at the Libyan embassy in Tunis for public interest requirements. They are;

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HoR and State council negotiations to amend LPA “must succeed” says Majbri

The discussions that have been taking in Tunis to amend the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) by the dialogue committees of both the House of Representatives and the State Council have to succeed says Fathi Majbri.

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A Way Forward for Devolving Local Power in Libya?

Despite the signing of the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) in Skhirat in 2015, the political situation in Libya appears no closer to being resolved. Indeed, there is now a widening consensus within Libya and among concerned states that the LPA must be amended. Over the last two years, cleavages within …

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Landmark ruling could have big implications for Libya’s leaders

During the Moammar Gadhafi era in Libya, the regime was intolerable of any opposition, political parties were illegal and free press did not exist. Many Libyans who opposed the regime left the country and lived abroad. Many settled in the United States and Europe, mostly as political refugees. As the …

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HoR and State Council dialogue committees agree on 3-person Presidency Council and separate prime minister

The dialogue committees of the House of Representatives (HoR) and the State Council (SC), meeting in Tunis to work out amendments to the Libyan Political Agreement have agreed to reduce the Presidency Council (PC) from nine to three and that the prime minister should be a separate appointment.

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How Islamic State is undermining peace prospects in Libya

The Islamic State (IS) reappeared in Libya almost a year after it was ousted from its stronghold of Sirte on the Mediterranean coast. In a video clip released Aug. 28 by IS’ Amaq news agency, two fighters appeared at an ad hoc checkpoint on the highway heading south of Sirte toward Jufra. In …

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