Libya
Indiscriminate civilian shelling continues as Tripoli militias continue to break ceasefire with impunity

Indiscriminate civilian shelling continues as Tripoli militias continue to break ceasefire with impunity

By Sami Zaptia. London, 20 September: The UNSMIL-brokered ceasefire in the south Tripoli militia fighting brokedown again today as fighting escalated. Tripoli’s warring militias continued the indiscriminate shelling…

Serraj PC/GNA sets currency tax at 183 percent, devalues dinar to LD 3.90 per dollar

Serraj PC/GNA sets currency tax at 183 percent, devalues dinar to LD 3.90 per dollar

By Sami Zaptia.  London, 20 September 2018: The Faiez Serraj-led Presidency Council and Government of National Accord (PC/GNA) announced that it was imposing a 183 percent tax /…

Tripoli ceasefire broken, condemned by UNSMIL

By Sami Zaptia.  London, 19 September 2018: UNSMIL has condemned the ceasefire breach on Monday and early Tuesday morning that had been agreed in Zawia between warring militias…

Serraj talks tough on security – but can he back it up?

Serraj talks tough on security – but can he back it up?

By Sami Zaptia. London, 18 September 2018: Faiez Serraj, head of the Presidential Council and Government of National Accord, met with the heads of (reportedly) more than 50…

Serraj forms new Joint Force to stop Tripoli militia clashes

Serraj forms new Joint Force to stop Tripoli militia clashes

By Sami Zaptia. London, 18 September 2018: The head of Libya’s Presidency Council and Government of National Accord (PC/GNA), Faiez Serraj , in his role as Defence Minister…

Serraj government forces claim takeover of Mitiga security

Serraj government forces claim takeover of Mitiga security

By Sami Zaptia. London, 17 September 2018: Libya’s Ministry of Interior, aligned to the Faiez Serraj Presidency Council and Government of National Accord, claimed that it had taken…

Local council elections take place in Bani Walid and Darj

Local council elections take place in Bani Walid and Darj

By Sami Zaptia. London, 17 September 2018: Local Council elections took place in Bani Walid and Darj on Saturday, timed to coincide with international day for democracy. These…

Tripoli demonstrators demand change

Tripoli demonstrators demand change

By Sami Zaptia. London, 17 September 2018: Demonstrators took to the streets of Tripoli yesterday demnding wholescale change in their lives and Libyan affairs. The demonstrators, mostly young…

HoR fails to secure quorum for referendum law constitutional amendment

HoR fails to secure quorum for referendum law constitutional amendment

By Sami Zaptia. Dusseldorf, 14 September 2018: The House of Representatives (HoR) failed to muster a quorum in its emergency session yesterday to enable it to vote on…

UN Security Council extends UNSMIL mandate until 2019

UN Security Council extends UNSMIL mandate until 2019

By Sami Zaptia. Dusseldorf, 13 September 2018: The UN Security Council adopted resolution 2434 on 13 September 2018 extending the mandate of the UN Support Mission in Libya…

Updated: Libya’s economic reforms: A tax levy on foreign currency sales, increased currency allowances

Updated: Libya’s economic reforms: A tax levy on foreign currency sales, increased currency allowances

By Sami Zaptia. Dusseldorf, 13 September 2018: Libya’s economic reform package approved yesterday by its Presidency Council / Government of National Accord together with the High State Council…

Long promised economic reforms agreed

Long promised economic reforms agreed

By Sami Zaptia. Dusseldorf, 13 September 2018: Libya’s long promised economic reforms were agreed yesterday. In a statement released yesterday, the Faiez Serraj- led Presidency Council and Government…

Security Arrangements Committee renewed

Security Arrangements Committee renewed

By Sami Zaptia. Dusseldorf, 13 September 2018: Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and UNSMIL head, Ghassan Salame, said during a press conference held in Tripoli at the…

UN and US impose sanctions on militia leader Ibrahim Jadran

UN and US impose sanctions on militia leader Ibrahim Jadran

By Sami Zaptia. Dusseldorf, 12 September 2018: The United States, in coordination with the UN Security Council’s Libya Sanctions Committee, imposed financial sanctions on Libyan militia leader Ibrahim…

Cause of Tripoli militia fighting is economic: Salame

Cause of Tripoli militia fighting is economic: Salame

By Sami Zaptia. Dusseldorf, 11 September 2018: A source present during the recent militia ceasefire consolidation meeting in Zawia was able to divulge anonymously some of the details…

Business

Benghazi to host a ‘Made in Egypt’ exhibition

Benghazi to host a ‘Made in Egypt’ exhibition

By Sami Zaptia. Dusseldorf, 13 September 2018: Libya’s second largest city, Benghazi, is to host…

LCOG workshop on increasing private sector participation in Libya’s oil sector

LCOG workshop on increasing private sector participation in Libya’s oil sector

By Sami Zaptia. London, 20 August 2018: The Libyan Council for Oil and Gas (LCOG),…

U.S. Guidry group to build billion-dollar Susah deep sea port

U.S. Guidry group to build billion-dollar Susah deep sea port

By Sami Zaptia. London, 16 August 2018 U.S. based company, the Guidry Group, is to…

Goods imported through Libyan ports down reflecting general economic malaise

Goods imported through Libyan ports down reflecting general economic malaise

By Sami Zaptia. London, 13 August 2018: Libya’s goods imported through its ports dropped by…

LIA renews MEDCO Energy oil exploration agreement

LIA renews MEDCO Energy oil exploration agreement

By Sami Zaptia. London, 12 June 2018: The Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) has announced that,…

AGOCO to raise oil production up to 220,000 by next Friday

AGOCO to raise oil production up to 220,000 by next Friday

By Sami Zaptia. London, 24 May 2018: Libya’s Arabian Gulf Oil Company (AGOCO) announced today…

CBL warns that dealing in virtual currencies such as Bitcoin are illegal in Libya

CBL warns that dealing in virtual currencies such as Bitcoin are illegal in Libya

By Sami Zaptia. London, 17 May 2018: The Tripoli-based Central Bank of Libya (CBL) has…

NOC completes maintenance work on Baher-Essalam / Sabratha offshore gasfield

NOC completes maintenance work on Baher-Essalam / Sabratha offshore gasfield

By Sami Zaptia. London, 14 May 2018: The second phase of the processing and linkage…

CBL meets World Bank team in Tunis to discuss reform of the Libyan financial sector

CBL meets World Bank team in Tunis to discuss reform of the Libyan financial sector

By Sami Zaptia. London, 12 May 2018: The Tripoli-based Central Bank of Libya (CBL) reports…

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