Author Archive | Gary Sandiford

Weekly Security Update

Political Prime Minister Ali Zidan and the majority of his cabinet were sworn in during an official handover ceremony on 14 November.  The new cabinet was however sworn in without five of its proposed members, one having resigned and four others, including the proposed Minister of Interior, Ashour Shuwail who was ruled unfit for office […]

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Political The pan-Arab daily Al Sharq Al Awsat reported that Prime Minister Ali Zidan has instructed the Ministries of Defence and Interior to stop paying salaries to employees who have not shown up for work. According to the report he has also pledged to begin an intense process of recruiting for the National Army and […]

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Political On 3 November, the Integrity Commission reported that a number of documents, which include the curriculum vitae and financial disclosure statements for each new proposed cabinet minister have still to be received.  Omar Abassi, a member of the commission, reported that the vetting process for the new cabinet would take up to three weeks, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Overview On 14 October, Ali Zidan was elected the new prime minister of Libya, just one week after the previous incumbent, Mustafa Abu Shagur, was dismissed by the National Congress in a vote of no confidence. Zidan beat his rival Mohammed Al-Harari in a close-fought race, taking 93 votes to Al-Harari’s 85. Zidan was elected […]

Weekly Security Update

By Gary Sandiford, Olive Group’s Dubai based assessments manager.  Olive Group is a leading provider of security and technology solutions and has been operating in Libya since mid 2011.   Overview Political uncertainty remains a key issue in Libya.  On 7 October the National Congress voted overwhelmingly to dismiss Prime Minister-elect Mustafa Abu Shagur in […]

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Overview The eagerly awaited announcement naming candidates for Libya’s new government which had been expected on 1 October failed to materialise.  This was the second time that Prime Minister-elect Mustafa Abu Shagur has delayed the announcement, likely connected with disagreements between Abu Shagur and National Forces Alliance (NFA) leader, Mahmoud Jibril.  On 2 October, Jibril […]