Libyans Hold First Vote in Decades

Libyans are celebrating their first free national election in 60 years after defying violence to turn out for a poll widely seen as drawing a line under Muammar Gaddafi’s dictatorship. Revellers lit the night sky over the capital Tripoli with fireworks while in the eastern city of Benghazi, scene of anti-poll protests by those wanting […]

Jibril Says Alliance Is Open to Governing Coalition in Libya

Mahmoud Jibril, head of the political alliance some Libyan media predict is the leading party in Saturday’s parliamentary general election, said Sunday he favored working in a coalition government. “We extend an invitation, continued as before, to other political forces to come together in one coalition under one banner,” Jibril, leader of the National Forces […]

Libya offers business and investment opportunities

Mario Zotelle, chief executive of Joint Libyan Construction Company (JLCC), told 150 representatives from 60 companies from the UAE, GCC, Europe and Africa that Libya is in urgent need of infrastructure upgrade and general housing and business reconstruction. JLCC is owned by Asamer Holdings, which is one of the most experienced foreign investors in Libya […]

Protest-hit Libyan oil terminals reopen: NOC

Three major oil exporting terminals in eastern Libya shut down by political protests have restarted, and production blocked by the move has resumed, the chairman of Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Sunday. Local militia on Thursday enforced a 48-hour stoppage to protest against Saturday’s election of a national assembly they complain does not […]

Libya election turnout 60 per cent

Turnout in Libya’s first free national election in decades after the ouster of dictator Muammar Gaddafi was 60 per cent, the electoral commission said Saturday, quoting preliminary figures. “We are continuing to receive reports (from polling stations), but the number of voters has reached 1.6 million, 60 per cent of voters,” the head of the […]

Libya election: High turnout in historic vote

Libyans have been voting in their first free national election for 60 years. They are selecting a temporary assembly which will have the task of picking a cabinet and a prime minister. Overall turnout has been described as high. Polls opened at 08:00 (06:00 GMT), with reports of queues forming outside polling stations in the […]

Libya to train its soldiers in France

Libya’s defence ministry is sending some of its soldiers to train in France in diving and handling of explosives. At a weekly news conference held on Wednesday in Tripoli, the government spokesman, Nasser Al-Mana, did not give the specific number of soldiers who will be trained in Fance. He said, however, that the defence ministry […]

MMSL new service connects Sicily, Malta, Libya ports

Mediterranean Maritime Services, a newly registered company formed between VPJ Limited and Kucuk Shipping Limited, has launched a cargo service operating a weekly roll on-roll off cargo vessel connecting Augusta to Valletta and to Tripoli and Misurata. The route will be serviced by the Fehim Bey, which is based at the Valletta Gateway Terminal. The […]