News Roundup - Mon, Feb 26, 2018

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News Roundup - Mon, Feb 26, 2018

February 26, 2018 - 21:55
Written by: NewsDesk

Member of House of Representatives (HoR) Ali Al-Sol said that the referendum law on the draft constitution will not be on the parliament's agenda today. In a press statement, Al-Sol clarified that the HoR will discuss the mechanism of selecting candidates for the Presidential Council, which membership will consist of three members, explaining that this issue is a priority for the HoR in order to reach an agreement with members of the High Council of State to complete the amendment of the political agreement. "The draft referendum law and the amendments thereto could be discussed after completing the first phase of the political agreement”, he said, adding that no specific date has yet been set for this issue.

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Cairo hosted Sunday a workshop on joint cooperation between the National Oil Corporation and the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum. The two-day workshop is attended by a delegation from the National Oil Corporation, headed by Jadallah Al-Awakli, member of the Board of Directors, and a number of officials of its affiliated companies. The workshop aims to review opportunities for investment in the oil sector between the two countries, exchange experiences, benefit from human resource, and contribute in developing Libya's oil and gas infrastructure in terms of project implementation in the areas of manufacturing, refining, maintenance and training.

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The second conference of local cultures was launched Sunday in the city of Gharyan, 80 km south of Tripoli. The conference was held under the theme "together for a culture that binds us together." The Director of Training Department at the General Authority for Culture, Omar bin Rajab, opened the gathering with a brief statement in which he emphasized the importance of local cultures for national progress and development.

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The United Nations envoy to Libya, Ghassan Saleme, emphasized the UN support for the work programs of the State Ministry for IDPs’ Affairs, by coordinating with future accredited focal points in IDP cases. During his meeting with the Minister of State for IDPs’ Affairs, Saleme discussed the urgent issues related to refugees and displaced persons and ways of providing them with humanitarian support, according to the Information Office of the Presidential Council. The two sides examined the ministry's vision in addressing the issues related to ending the suffering of displaced people, the most important of which is the return of the Tawerghans to their homes.

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The President of the High Council of State (HCS), Abdulrahman Al-Suwaheli, denounced the closure of the Al-Feel (elephant) oil field and the pressure exerted on the National Oil Corporation by armed groups to obtain personal benefits. Al-Suwaheli also warned in a tweet that everyone will pay the cost from the only source of livelihood if they choose to stay silent and allow the 2013 scenario of Ibrahim Jordan to happen again. He stressed the need to tackle this issue and put an end to such “futility” at once, insisting that his words are addressed to the Libyans and not to those helpless who claim to represent power and authority, as he put it.

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The Airports Authority of the Ministry of Transportation has handed over a construction site to an Italian company to build a new air traffic control tower at Mitiga International Airport. According to state-owned Libyan News Agency, the Ministry clarified that the Italian company will be tasked with implementing an integrated tower, which includes all modern air navigation equipment and devices, noting that the project is expected to take eight months before being handed over to the Civil Aviation Authority.

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The High National Elections Commission (HNEC) extended voters registration abroad till March 10 and added that the extension came after the growing number of voters overseas and based on the request of the Libyan communities abroad who could not yet register. The HNEC said that the Libyan nationals abroad should take advantage of the extension and register before it is too late, hailing the efforts of those have already registered.

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Five members of Sabratha Municipality voted no confidence in the mayor, Hussein Al-Dawadi, and mandated member of the municipal council Miftah Breishni to succeed him. Al-Dawadi said in a press statement that he has no objection to the vote; however, he believes that the timing of this step is not appropriate considering that there is only four months left on his current mandate. He further noted that he has not officially received a no-confidence letter so far, insisting that the decision of withholding confidence requires the meeting of members of the municipal council, and thereafter transmitting the decision to the Ministry of Local Government for approval, rather than coming up with individual decisions.

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