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Tripoli mayor Beitelmal released

By Sami Zaptia. London, 30 March 2018: The head of Tripoli Central Municipality Council, Abdulrauf Beitelmal was released late last night after being held in forced captivity for about 21 hours. No official news of the identity of his kidnappers or their motives for his kidnapping have been revealed yet. Sources have informed Libya Herald [...]

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US Tripoli embassy organizes Tunis business meeting with LLIDF and US companies

By Sami Zaptia. London, 30 March 2018: The US embassy Tripoli (currently based in Tunis) organized a business meeting between a number of US companies and the Libyan Local Investment and Development Fund (LLIDF) in the Tunisian capital. The LLIDF, which was represented by its CEO Bader Ben Othman, is a subsidiary of Libya’s main [...]

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Chinese contracts to be reviewed by new PC committee

By Sami Zaptia. London, 30 March 2018: The Faiez Serraj-led Presidency Council has formed a committee to review all contracts with Chinese companies. PC decree number 188 dated 14 February but published on 28 March creates a committee of 8 people headed by the PC’s Minister of Planning. The 8 representative members are: 1-The [...]

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Audit Bureau calls on PC to freeze its decision to approve $ 1.5 bn worth of imports by CAD

By Sami Zaptia. London, 29 March 2018: The Tripoli-based Audit Bureau has called upon the Faiez Serraj-led Presidency Council (PC) to freeze its decision to approve US$ 1.5 bn Cash-Against-Document (CAD) import facilities. It has asked for more time to look into the details of how these approvals were reached and into what it referred [...]

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Zintan-Misrata reconciliation talks call for civilian state, peaceful transfer of power, unified army under civilian control

By Sami Zaptia. London, 29 March 2018: A delegation representing the leadership of the city of Misrata arrived in the city of Zintan yesterday for reconciliation talks. The two sides were in opposition in the 2014 Tripoli militia fighting that led to the political split of the country and the burning down of Tripoli International [...]

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Updated: Tripoli Municipality head kidnapped by unknown militias

By Sami Zaptia. London, 29 March 2018: The head of Tripoli Municipality Council, Abdulrauf Beitelmal, was kidnapped from his home in the Khalat Al-Furjan area, in the south of Tripoli, by unknown militias just after Midnight today. His whereabouts are still unknown. However, some sources are suggesting that he was ”arrested” by nominally official security [...]

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Austrian medical services company Vamed signs maintenance contract with Tripoli Medical Centre

By Sami Zaptia. London, 29 March 2018: Austrian medical services company Vamed signed a maintenance contract with Tripoli Medical Centre (TMC) yesterday. The contract was signed by the new TMC Director, Dr Nabil Alageli and the VAMED Libya representative. The contract ends a four-year absence for Vamed from Libya. During the signing ceremony speech, Alageli [...]

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Serraj spokesperson vague on Hafter cooperation in south

By Sami Zaptia. London, 28 March 2018: Mohamed El-Sallak, the official spokesperson for Presidency Council (PC) head Faiez Serraj, was rather vague and evasive when asked about whether the airstrikes in the south of Libya by the Hafter-led Libyan National Army Air Force were conducted in cooperation with the PC. In his Monday press conference [...]

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Africom conduct first anti Al-Qaeda (AQIM) air strikes in southern Libya

By Sami Zaptia. London, 28 March 2018: Mohamed El-Sallak, the official spokesperson for Presidency Council head Faiez Serraj, confirmed during his weekly press conference on Monday that Africom forces had conducted air strikes against extremists in the Ubari area of southern Libyan. Libyan media (and social media photographs) had reported that two had been killed. [...]

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LNA jet fighters bomb CCMSR Chadian opposition militias in southern Libya

By Jamal Adel. Kufra, 26 March 2018: Libyan National Army (LNA) Mig-24 fighter jets carried out an airstrike in the south of the country targeting a checkpoint run by the Chadian opposition militia the Counceil de Comandament Militair Pour le Salut de la Répunlique (CCMSR) on Sunday in Tmassah village, 161 kms south-east of Sebha. [...]

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