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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.  […]

UK will Not seek Compensation for £200m Libya Intervention

The British Government has said that it will not seek to recover the £199 million cost of last year’s intervention in Libya. In response to a question in parliament from the MP David Ruffley, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence, Dr Andrew Murrison (pictured), stated: "It is important to emphasise that Libya’s security is […]

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 […]

Controversy over Libya's $200m Tunisia Deal

There have been demonstrations in Benghazi to protest at the decision of President Mohammed Magarief to give a $200 million development package to Tunisia. Officials have said that the package is a loan, not a gift, and will be repaid to Libya in full; it is also being reported that the package comprises a $100-million […]

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Swiss Probe $139m SNC-Lavalin Laundering Case

According to Swiss public broadcaster RTS, prosecutors in Switzerland have formally indicted former SNC-Lavalin executive Riadh Ben Aissa on allegations he laundered vast sums of money tied to at least $139 million in mysterious payments by the company. Swiss investigators are said to be interested in a network of companies and accounts, and transfers that […]

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 […]

Libya Gets UN Grant to End Violence against Women

The United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) has kicked off its 16th year announcing more than US$8 million in grants to 12 local initiatives in 18 countries. In ten countries, funds will be used to address violence against women in conflict, post conflict and transitional settings, including Libya for […]