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Weekly Security Update

Overview Election results slowly dribbled out over the last week, indicating that Islamist parties and Mahmoud Jibril’s National Forces Alliance (NFA) will probably have to share power in a loose “unity” government. The balance of power could reduce the possibility of an Islamist backlash, which might have occurred if early indications of a secular landslide […]

Weekly Security Update

Overview  Libya held its first post-Qadhafi elections on 7 July and to have successfully managed the near-term risks of holding the elections. Security incidents were relatively few and largely focused in the Cyrenaica region, where opposition to the polls was strongest. A national government including Islamist parties may now reduce the risk of post-election backlash. […]

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 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 […]

Libya Deploys Military Ahead of First Post-Qaddafi Elections

Libya’s interim government will deploy more than 13,000 troops along with aircraft and naval vessels to ensure security during the the country’s first free national elections since the removal of Muammar Qaddafi. Officials have set up an operations room to coordinate the troops, interior ministry forces, plus naval and air elements ahead of the July […]

Weekly Security Update

Overview Campaigning for Libya's first elections in four decades is underway ahead of the 7 July polls.  While it remains difficult to predict the final outcome of the elections, voting will likely be influenced by tribal and regional affiliations.  The Muslim Brotherhood’s recent success in Egypt will also likely bolster their Libyan affiliates.  On 26 […]

Tensions rise ahead of Libya poll

Libyan protesters and militiamen have stormed the headquarters of the election commission in the eastern city of Benghazi, setting voting slips on fire, a militia commander said, a week before the country holds its first general election in nearly five decades.In southern Libya, a leader of Libya's Tabu tribe threatened to boycott the election if […]