Weekly Security Review

Projections Reports of a recent vote of no confidence in the government of Abdurrahim al-Keib are likely to increase political uncertainty in the run up to elections. The reports may prove to be premature, although the evident cracks between the government and NTC are causing increased concern over political stability in the run up to […]

Libya allows religion-based parties

Libya has dropped a ban against parties based on religion, tribe or ethnicity, an official said, after the law irked Islamist parties in the run up to the first free election in June. Members of the ruling National Transitional Council's judicial committee on Wednesday read out an amended version of a law governing the formation […]

Libya’s Agoco to Cut Oil Production If Protest Mediation Fails

Libya’s Arabian Gulf Oil Co. will press ahead with plan to halt crude oil production by the end of today unless a week-long protest blocking the entrance to its headquarters is cleared, a company official said. “Today is the deadline, it is May 3,” Abdul Jalil Mayuf, the state-run company’s information department manager said in […]

Call for election boycott in Libya's turbulent east

A self-proclaimed autonomous council for Libya's oil-producing eastern province has called on people in the region to boycott an election scheduled for next month, saying it will not give adequate representation to the east. The election, for a special national assembly that will draw up a new constitution, is a crucial milestone in shaping the […]

Libya grants immunity to 'revolutionaries'

Libyan authorities on Thursday granted immunity to former rebels who fought to oust Moamer Kadhafi's regime and unveiled legislation that cracks down on the fallen strongman's supporters. "There is no punishment for acts made necessary by the February 17 revolution," read the law published on the National Transitional Council's website. The immunity covers "military, security […]

Malta’s close ties with Libya ‘an opportunity for US companies’

Malta’s long-standing and deep connections with Libya are an opportunity for American companies, Lorraine Harriton, the US State Department Special Representative for Business tells The Times Business in an interview during a visit to Malta.  “We know that Malta has long-standing and deep connections with Libya which I think is an opportunity for American companies […]

Top Vienna murder unit gets Libyan oil boss case

Vienna's top homicide investigation team is probing the drowning of Libya's former oil chief but that does not mean they think he was murdered, prosecutors said on Thursday. The body of Shokri Ghanem, a confidant of Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi who fled to Austria after defecting last year, was found floating in the river Danube […]