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Millett: LPA Remains Only Viable Framework

By John Lee. The United Kingdom’s outgoing Ambassador to Libya has said that the Libya Political Agreement (LPA) “remains the only viable framework to solve the political crisis in Libya.” In his final missive before leaving the post after two-and-a-half years, Peter Millett (pictured) added: “Now I hear talk of early elections. Decisions on elections […]

$31bn Budget for 2018

The public budget in Libya for 2018 has been set at around 42.5 billion Libyan dinar ($31 billion dollars at official bank rates). Oil revenue is expected to reach 22.5 billion dinars in 2018 while taxes and customs tariffs are expected to hit 2.5 billion. There is also an alleged 5.5 billion dinar surplus from […]

Ready or Not, Libya to hold Elections in Spring

By Mustafa Fetouri for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. According to the Libyan Political Agreement signed in Morocco on Dec. 17, 2015, Libya should have held its referendum on its new constitution as well as legislative and presidential elections by […]

Libya recruits 500 Diplomatic Security Personnel

By John Lee. Libya’s Tropoli-based Interior Ministry has reportedly approved the recruitment of 500 new security personnel to protect foreign embassies and missions in Libya. Col. Wissam Al-Jama, the head of the diplomatic security service, told Xinhua that the new recruits will receive “substantial training.” He added that a number of EU embassies will reopen […]

Libya sets Deadline for Elections

By John Lee. The head of Libya’s Election Commission has confirmed that presidential and parliamentary elections will be held before the end of September 2018. Imad al-Sayeh, told Xinhua that voter registration is going well, with around 1 million voters already registered, “and the number is increasing.” (Source: Xinhua)

Libyan Women seek Greater Role in Governance

Libyan women seek greater role in forthcoming governance system Leading Libyan women concluded a two-day consultative meeting on the political changes happening now in Libya and the impact on women’s participation in the forthcoming governance system. The meeting, organized last week by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the United Nations Development […]

Mayor of Misrata Kidnapped and Killed

By John Lee. Unidentified gunmen have reportedly kidnapped and killed the mayor of Misrata late on Sunday. According to BBC News, Mohamad Eshtewi’s body was found dumped in the street not long after returning from an official visit to Turkey. Ghassan Salame, special representative to Libya’s UN mission (UNSMIL), said he felt “deep grief“. (Sources: BBC […]