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Ugandan Embassy in Libya to Re-open Soon

After the Ugandan embassy in Tripoli, Libya was temporarily closed due to the uprising that caused chaos in the country from mid February 2011, Ugandans in Libya as well as other people of different nationalities who may need to associate with Uganda have a reason to smile as the embassy is to be re-opened in […]

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Germany Pledges to Help Libya Rebuild

During a one-day visit to Libya on Sunday, sandwiched between trips to Algeria and Tunisia, German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle said on Sunday his country was ready to contribute to the reconstruction of Libya following the collapse of Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year rule. During his first visit to the country since the National Transitional Council took […]

Italy Last Among Libya’s ‘Friends’ for New Oil Concessions

Libya’s new leaders will remember who provided the most help in overthrowing Muammar Qaddafi when it comes to new oil concessions. Italy, the biggest investor in the country, may find itself at a disadvantage. Libya has the world’s ninth-largest proved reserves of oil, estimated at more than 46 billion barrels, according to the Central Intelligence […]

Libya: Governance & Rule of Law

The National Transitional Council (NTC), Libya’s interim governing body, published a draft law online on 01 January 2012, according to Reuters. The law bans Libyans with ties to Moammar Gaddafi and academics who wrote about Gaddafi’s “Green Book” from running in Libyan elections. The law, expected to be finalised within a month, codifies the process […]

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Libya, Saudi Arabia to Restore Full Relations

Less than three months after the end of the conflict in Libya that ousted former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi after 42 years of rule, the Saudi Press Agency, ASP, has reported that Libya and Saudi Arabia have agreed to restore full diplomatic ties and exchange ambassadors. It follows a meeting on Sunday in the Saudi […]

Libya Begins Plan to Elect Assembly

Libya’s interim government posted on its Web site a draft law laying out procedures for electing a planned constitutional assembly, taking a first step toward the establishment of a new government after the overthrow of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. The draft law leaves the most difficult and politically delicate questions, like drawing up districts or settling […]

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Libya Will be Marzouki’s First Official Visit

President Moncef Marzouki announced on the day following his election that Libya will be the destination of his first official international visit. Marzouki will be traveling to Libya January 2, 2012. “He received an official invitation to visit Libya. The visit aims to show support for the Libyan Revolution and to reinforce Tunisian-Libyan relations. He will meet Libyan officials and businessmen,” said Imed […]

Libya: the Outlook

The situation in Libya is fragile. Some commentators have spoken of fears of a failed state, but that is alarmist and not evidence-based; the situation in Libya today can not be compared with that in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan or Yemen. One Libyan commentator who recently used the expression “failed state” suggested that the model might as well […]