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Protesters Delay Endorsement of Libyan Govt

Protesters stormed Libya’s General National Congress on Tuesday, disrupting a vote on the new cabinet proposed by Prime Minister Elect Ali Zeidan [Zidan]. Fewer than 100 protesters, made up of civilians and former rebel fighters, objected to several cabinet nominees, including the minister of Islamic affairs, who they said was a secularist. President Mohamed Yusuf […]


Weekly Security Update

Overview Prime Minister-elect Ali Zidan was scheduled to announce his cabinet on 29 October.  In the event, the announcement has been delayed until at least the 30 October, due to the absence of a significant number of members of congress who were still travelling back to Libya after Eid al Adha.  Some reports have indicated […]

EU Commends Libya for Commitment to Democratic Values

The Head of the EU Election Assessment Team to Libya, Mr. Alexander Lambsdorff (pictured), has presented the EU Election Assessment Team’s Final report on the election of the General National Congress in Libya that took place on 7 July 2012. The Final report includes the EU Election Assessment Team’s (EU EAT) findings along with 39 […]

Challenges Ahead for Libya’s new Democracy

It’s been a year since Gaddafi’s death and the collapse of his regime, and now the nascent democracy faces its own challenges. Security has improved in the capital and people are enjoying life, but not all of Libya is stable and not all former rebels have disarmed. Al Jazeera’s Omar Al Saleh speaks to people […]


Ghadaffi’s Former Barracks Turned into Waste Dump

Before the Libyan revolution, Bab al-Azizia, or The Splendid Gate, served as the military barracks and compound of ousted dictator Moamer Kadhafi in the southern suburbs of the capital Tripoli. One year after his death, the six-square-kilometre complex has become a landfill infested with mice and rats: (Source: AFP)


Germany Funds Misrata De-Mining

The German government is to fund two international mine clearance teams to clear and secure an ammunition store in Misrata. Commissioned by the German Federal Foreign Office, the international NGO Handicap International will clear what was formerly a weapons and munitions storage bunker of remnants of war, and secure it. During the battles in Misrata, […]

Weekly Security Update

Overview International focus remains centred around the ongoing conflict atound Bani Walid, 140km southeast of the capital.  The 19 October saw the renewed assaults against the town in what appears to have been the fiercest day of fighting so far.  Unconfirmed reports subsequently claimed that many had been killed and injured during several days of conflict in […]

A Year On From Gaddafi’s Capture …

Just a year since the capture and killing of Libyan dictator Muamar Gaddafi, the continuing battle for Bani Walid demonstrates how difficult and drawn out the process of change can be. Given its history, it’s hardly surprising that the country is still divided — politically, tribally, and religiously — but sadly those differences are still […]