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Japan reopens embassy in Libya

The Japanese embassy in Libya has reopened after being closed for about eight months due to the fighting in the country, the Foreign Ministry said Monday. Ambassador to Libya Wataru Nishigahiro and his secretary are now back in Tripoli, but their work is limited to negotiations with Libya’s new governing body, the National Transitional Council, […]

Libya’s NTC names interim prime minister

Libya’s Transitional National Council (NTC) has chosen Abdurrahim El Keib as the country’s new interim prime minister to replace Mahmoud Jibril. El Keib, an electrical engineer and professor at the university of Tripoli, garnered 26 votes out of the total of 51 votes, and said that he expected to choose his cabinet ministers within two weeks. Mustafa Abdul Jalil, the […]

Pragmatic China goes to work in new Libya

China faces mounting challenges in its struggle to build favour and protect its business interests and infrastructure projects in Libya after being seen to be slow-moving in its support for the African oil-producing country’s transitional government. Analysts say Beijing has been subtly changing its tone and tactics since the death of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi last […]

Libya dispels fears over adopting Islamic rule

Libya’s interim leader yesterday sought to dispel fears that the North African nation would adopt hardline Islamic rule, a day after he declared Sharia the primary source for future legislation. “I would like to assure the international community that we as Libyans are Muslims but moderate Muslims,” Mustafa Abdul Jalil said at a news conference […]