Tag Archives | General National Congress (GNC)

Can Cairo talks Succeed in Uniting Libya?

By George Mikhail for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. Can Cairo talks succeed in uniting Libya’s divided armed forces? The Egyptian initiative to unite the Libyan military is almost complete after several meetings were held between Libyan military officials who split up […]

EU Renews Libya Sanctions

On 31 March 2017, the European Council prolonged the sanctions against Libya targeting three persons for six months. On 1 April 2016, the Council imposed restrictive measures against Libya on three persons: Agila Saleh (pictured), president of the Libyan Council of Deputies in the House of Representatives; Khalifa Ghweil, prime minister and defence minister of […]

Tripoli International Airport to Reopen by end of March

The Tripoli-based General National Congress (GNC) has stated that Tripoli International Airport will to be reopened before the end of March. Recent photographs of the airport indicate that the site will require a significant amount of work and it is somewhat debatable as to whether the airport can return to full operational effectiveness so soon. […]

Tripoli International Airport holds Opening Ceremony

On February 16, Tripoli International Airport was officially reopened after over two years of closure following severe damage during heavy clashes in 2014. Despite the presence of some officials closely linked to the Government of National Accord (GNA), the ceremony was very much led by the General National Congress (GNC). GNC leader, Khalifa al-Ghweil, gave […]

Chaos and Confusion in Tripoli

By John Lee. Chaos and confusion are the order of the day in Tripoli, as claims of an attempted coup by forces loyal to the old Tripoli-based General National Congress (GNC) / National Salvation are dismissed as a “media hoax” by the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA). Reuters had reported that Khalifa Ghwell, head […]

UN condemns Attempted Coup in Libya

By John Lee. The United Nations has condemned an attempted coup in Tripoli, in which rebels seized buildings of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) around the Rixos hotel complex. UN envoy Martin Kobler said: “I condemn yesterday’s attempt to seize the headquarters of the High Council of State. Such actions, aimed at creating […]

EU adds 3 Libyans to Sanctions List

On Friday the Council of the European Union announced that it had “added three names to the list of people subject to EU restrictive measures against Libya.” The three names added to the list are: Agila Saleh (pictured), president of the Libyan Council of Deputies in the House of Representatives; Khalifa Ghweil, prime minister and […]

UN Calls for Unity as Rival Deal Proposed

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya emphasized that the Libyan Political Agreement is the basis to end the conflict in the country. It has been negotiated for over a year and facilitated by the United Nations. It enjoys the support of the majorities of both House of Representatives and the General National Congress. […]