Author Archive | Gary Sandiford

Weekly Security Update

General The wider regional insecurity resulting from the four day hostage crisis at a gas facility, In Amenas in Algeria that ended 19 January, killing at least 37 foreign hostages has continued to dominate media reporting, in part due to alleged Libyan involvement in the incident, but also in connection with the perceived safety of […]

Weekly Security Update

General This weeks regional reporting was dominated by the hostage crisis at the In Amenas gas facility in south-eastern Algeria, which started on 16 January came to a conclusion on 19 January when Algerian security forces assaulted the facility killing the remaining hostage takers.  While the exact number fatalities remains unconfirmed, the events resulted in […]

Weekly Security Update

Political The walkout by the largest bloc in the General National Congress (GNC), the National Forces Alliance (NFA), was confirmed on 8 January following the continued absence of MPs from the bloc. The NFA has blamed their boycott on excessive delays in establishing the Constituent Assembly charged with drafting the Constitution; unilateral decisions made by […]

Weekly Security Update

Political Interior Minister Ashour Shuwail was sworn into office by the National Assembly on 11 December, with a total of 86 votes in favour out of 114 representatives. The Supreme Court still has to decide on an integrity committee’s ruling against Shuwail.  After being approved, Shuwail told the assembled representatives that his ministry will now […]

Weekly Security Update

Political On 7 December, the Libya Herald reported that the Tripoli Local Council (TLC) elections had been officially delayed until a local administration law comes into effect. New elections will be held in all towns and cities for local and area councils once the law is passed. The Libya Herald reported that the integrity committee […]

Weekly Security Update

Political The Libyan daily Al Manara wrote on 27 November that the Integrity Committee tasked with reviewing Prime Minister Ali Zidan’s cabinet has approved the remaining 24 ministers.  Zidan still needs to appoint a minister to lead the Ministry for Martyrs and Missing Persons after his nominee stepped down before review by the integrity committee.  […]

Weekly Security Update

Political The Libya Herald wrote on 24 November that more than four-fifths of Libyans want the committee tasked with drafting the constitution to be elected by the public, as opposed to appointment by the National Assembly.  The report cited a poll on the social media web-page of former Prime Minister-elect Mustafa Abu Shagur. On 25 […]