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HNEC commences permanent constitution referendum process

HNEC commences permanent constitution referendum process

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 6 December 2018: Libya's High National Election Commission (HNEC) commenced the process of holding the constitutionally required referendum on the country's draft permanent constitution today. At a press conference at HNEC's Tripoli headquarters, Emad Al-Sayeh, HNEC's head announced that preparations could take up to the middle of January and that the referendum could take place by the end of February. Sayeh said that the 45-article Referendum Law (Law No.6), which was officially received by HNEC on 29 November from the House of Representatives (HoR), was not perfect. However, he explained that article 43 allows HNEC to consolidate the law through the law's implementation regulations. He said that he will consult widely with the High Judicial Council on the law and it's regulations, as the law gives the judiciary a major role to play. The judiciary's role would come into play especially if the public reject the draft permanent [...]
libyaherald, 4 days ago

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PPP in Libya’s health sector is a necessity

PPP in Libya’s health sector is a necessity

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 4 December 2018: Libya's National Centre for Health System Reform (NCHSR) organized a workshop last Saturday in Tripoli on the public-private partneship in Libya's health sector. Under the banner of "PPP for sustainable health services and opening new horizons", the workshop discussed various topics through the presentation of a number of papers. These included the concept and role of PPP and the need for adequate regulations to encourage and protect PPP. The head of the NCHSR, Samir Sagar, told the event that PPP in the health sector, post the Qaddafi control-economy era, was necessary. He explained that Libya was behind in PPP and that the Libyan public health sector will be unable to fulfil all the Libyan citizen's health needs. Sagar said that there needs to be a change in the Libyan public's perception of PPP and the role of the private sector in the health system. The Lebanese health system was compared and examined as a case [...]
libyaherald, 5 days ago

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Bad weather closes Libyan oil terminals

Bad weather closes Libyan oil terminals

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 1 December 2018: Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) yesterday confirmed that a number of the country's crude oil terminals are closed due to persistent bad weather. High waves were cited as the main factor. The closure has led to loading schedules to be postponed at Ras Lanuf, Zueitina, Zawiya and Es Sider terminals. Brega terminal was also expected to halt operations. The NOC reported that production has already decreased by 150,000 bpd, and is likely to be reduced by an additional 50,000 bpd due to a lack of additional storage capacity. It aso added that projections based on the new production level indicate that Es Sider tanks will be full within two days. Should bad weather persist, the NOC said, 150,000 barrels of Sharara production could also be affected. Ironically, the terminal closures and reduction in exports comes on the day that the NOC had announced record oil production for October. This represents the highest [...]
libyaherald, 9 days ago

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UNSMIL condemns militia extra-judicial killings

UNSMIL condemns militia extra-judicial killings

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 30 November 2018: The UN Special Mission in Libya has condemned the spate of extra-judicial militia killings taking place in Tripoli. In its statement on the subject released yesterday UNSMIL called on authorities to take action and investigate. In its statement UNSMIL said: "UNSMIL continues to receive reports of armed groups carrying out extra-judicial killings in Tripoli, a phenomenon that has been on the rise over the past few weeks. The Mission affirms that allegations of offences and personal disputes should be judged in a court of law, not by gunmen on the streets. UNSMIL calls on the Libyan authorities to adopt with immediate effect the necessary measures to protect all persons from targeted killings, send a strong message that these acts are completely unacceptable and back these messages with objective investigations to identify and hold perpetrators of such crimes accountable. Extrajudicial executions are not only acts of [...]
libyaherald, 9 days ago

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Tripoli’s Chamber of Commerce held debate on Libya’s economic reforms

Tripoli’s Chamber of Commerce held debate on Libya’s economic reforms

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 29 November 2018: Tripoli Chamber of Commerce held a debate on Libya's economic reforms today under the banner of "The economic reforms and their effects on improving standards of living". The event took place at the Chamber's Tripoli headquarters. The debate was held in cooperation with the European Union's existing programme to support and develop  Libya's chambers of commerce as well as in cooperation with Expertise France and SLEIDSE. The Tripoli Chamber reported that the debate concentrated on four main points: 1-The Libyan (Faiez Serraj) government's economic policies and economic reforms 2-Price levels, inflation and their effect on living standards. 3-The fall in value of the Libyan dinar and it's effect on living standards. 4-The economic reforms and their effects on business policies, and their effect on living standards. It will be recalled the the Tripoli-based internationally recognized and Faiez Serraj-led Presidency [...]
libyaherald, 10 days ago

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Serraj refers LIA accounts to Audit Bureau and international audit firm

Serraj refers LIA accounts to Audit Bureau and international audit firm

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 27 November 2018: Presidency Council head, Faiez Serraj, has referred the accounts of Libya's main sovereign wealth fund, the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA), to Libya's Audit Bureau and to an international audit firm. The revelation came yesterday during a press conference held at the Media Centre of the Prime Minister's Office by Mohamed El-Sallak, Serraj's personal spokesperson. The statement by Serraj comes on the back of media reports originating from Belgium that some of Libya's assets, frozen in Belgium by the United Nations during Libya's 2011 anti-Qaddafi revolution, had gone missing. Responding to these reports, Sallak explained that since 2011, the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee had issued a decision to freeze Libyan assets abroad, including those of the LIA. Sallak explained that these frozen assets produce interest, in addition to some LIA investments that reap profits. These revenues, he continued, used to and [...]
libyaherald, 12 days ago

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HoR passes referendum constitutional amendment and approves PC restructuring

HoR passes referendum constitutional amendment and approves PC restructuring

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 26 November 2018: Libya's parliament, the internationally-recognized House of Representatives (HoR), adopted a constitutional amendment and approved the formula for restructuring the Presidency Council (PC) during its session today. According to its official spokesperson Abdulla Belheeg, 123 members were present at the session. He said that the constitutional amendment "fortifies" article 6 of the Referendum Law on the permanent Constitution of the country. This is an acknowledgement, as had been widely held at the time, that article 6 was liable to legal challenge as it clashed with the existing operative temporary constitution, the Transitional Constitutional Declaration of 2011 as amended in 2014. For the purposes of the referendum on the draft permanent constitution, article 6 of the Referendum Law passed by the HoR this summer divides Libya into three voting districts; its historical districts of Tripolitania, Cyrenaica and [...]
libyaherald, 13 days ago

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Libya’s economic reforms have been successful

Libya’s economic reforms have been successful

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By Sami Zaptia. Rome, 23 November 2018: Libya has three interrelated challenges, and these challenges are in the political, security and economic spheres, Libya's Minister of Planning Taher Jehami said. Jehami was speaking on day two of the Rome 2018 Mediterranean Dialogues conference at the "Enhancing Libya's Economy: The Complementary Path to Stabilization" session. It was a rare occasion where Libya's internationally-recognized Planning Minister was heard elaborating the country's economic policy. "Whatever happens in the political sphere affects the other two". The effect of the Palermo conference on Libya on the political situation "will help the security and economic reforms" that the Faiez Serraj regime is currently implementing, he added. "Palermo may make the reunification of Libya's economic institutions, such as its Central Bank (CBL), much easier". The recently introduced economic reforms of the Tripoli-based Faiez Serraj Libyan government "are [...]
libyaherald, 16 days ago

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The Prophet’s birthday celebrations indicate a return to traditions at expense of Salafism

The Prophet’s birthday celebrations indicate a return to traditions at expense of Salafism

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By Jamal Adel. Tunis, 20 November 2018: With overt enthusiasm, Libyans openly celebrated Prophet Mohamed's birthday (the Mawlid al-Nabawi or Miloud) this year, reinvigorating life into an old traditional practice recently prosecuted, silenced and perceived as un-Islamic by some Islamic interpretations. The Sufi turuqs (orders) have been an integral part and in the forefront of mainstream Islamic traditions in Libya for centuries. Indeed, long before they were labled as Sufis or traditional Malikies, the Islamic Sufi school has taken pride in overtly celebrating the Prophet's birthday. Mawlid organizing Majalis have been composing religious poetry (hymns) and performing  various types of ceremonial rituals, including, food and gift hand-outs to children and the poor. "As for the Sufi turuqs and Shaykhs, we are ready to celebrate the Mawlid. In addition to civil societies who insist on taking part in the event". head of the honourable Ashraf (Ahlul Bayt) the [...]
libyaherald, 19 days ago

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U.S. lists Salah Badi on its sanctions list

U.S. lists Salah Badi on its sanctions list

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 19 November 2018: The U.S. Treasury Department has today officially listed Salah Badi, the Libya Dawn and Somoud militia commander, on its sanctions list. The move comes after the UK announced on Friday that Badi had been added to the UN Sanctions list. In its Friday statement the Foreign and Commonwealth Office had said: "The UK – along with our US & French partners - has secured United Nations Security Council agreement to sanction Salah Badi under the terms of UN Security Council Resolution 2213 (2015). We will continue to hold to account those seeking to undermine stability and security in Libya. Salah Badi is the senior commander of the Al Somood Brigade, a militia opposed to the UN-recognised Government of National Accord. He has worked consistently to undermine a political solution in Libya. In August and September 2018, Salah Badi played a leading role in heavy clashes in Tripoli in which at least 120 people were killed, most [...]
libyaherald, 20 days ago

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