News Roundup - Mon, Jan 22, 2018

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News Roundup - Mon, Jan 22, 2018

January 22, 2018 - 21:42
Written by: SafaAlharathy

The Constitutional Chamber of the Libyan Supreme Court in Tripoli postponed on Sunday its consideration of the appeal filed by some members of the Constituent Assembly against the submission of the draft constitution to the House of Representatives for approval to the next court session on Wednesday. The Libyan Constitution Drafting Assembly (LCDA) voted last July to adopt the draft Libyan constitution by forty-three votes. However, a number of LCDA members appealed against the illegality of the vote on the basis that the voting session took place on a Saturday, which is an official holiday in all government departments in Libya. On the other hand, a number of administrative departments in the Libyan courts have refused to consider the appeal on the ground that the LCDA is a people-elected body; therefore, it is above the judiciary authority.

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The Presidential Council (PC) held a series of meetings with various political parties for consultations on the cabinet reshuffle and the expansion of the government. The PC held a meeting on Sunday in Tripoli in the presence of all deputies except for the two boycotting members Ali Qotrani and Omer Laswad. The meeting discussed the security situation in general, the measures taken to secure the capital and the economic and service situation, in addition to providing basic needs for citizens, according to Faiz Sarraj’s information office.

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A media source from Derna confirmed that Dignity Operation groups had targeted the western entrance of the city with heavy artillery. The source added that the shells landed on the mountain overlooking the neighbourhoods of Khadija and Wadi Naqa. The bombardment created fear and panic among the residents without causing fatalities. The source explained that Dignity Operation militias are continuing their attack on the western entrance to the city, pointing out that so-called Battalion 321 had claimed responsibility for the shelling of the city, which has been under siege for a long period of time.

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The Chief of the Illegal Immigration Agency, Brigadier General Mohamed Beshr, has denied any presence of an Italian military base in the southern region for combating illegal migration. In a statement to an Egyptian newspaper, Saturday, Beshr explained that Italy has provided support to combat illegal immigration, humanitarian and medical assistance. He added that the number of immigrants in the shelters fell to 4000 ones out of 26 thousand, after most of them were returned to their countries via Libyan airports. He also denied receiving financial or logistical support from any European country other than Italy, describing it as a close ally.

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The Information Office of the President of High Council of State (HCS) held meeting discussions yesterday in Tripoli, between the heads of the Standing Committees of the High Council of State held a meeting Sunday with the Chairman of the Audit Bureau, Khaled Shakshak. According to the Information Office of HCS, the meeting discussed the major reasons for the financial and economic crisis in the country and ways of addressing them. The meeting also emphasized the need for the supervisory and financial institutions to work in an integrative manner and in the framework of the political agreement and the laws and legislation in force to ensure better living conditions for citizens and maintain public money.

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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Sunday that it had provided emergency medical supplies to Mitiga and Tajoura hospitals for the treatment of those who were wounded in the recent armed clashes that broke out near Mitiga airport. The (ICRC) clarified that the aid included a pharmaceutical package for the treatment of type B injuries with support from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations.

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Sources have reported that several elected mayors refused to attend the first meeting of the municipalities of Libya to be held in Shahat town, east of the country, on January 22-23. The sources explained that the refusal was due to the mayors’ unwillingness to sit with non-elected persons who were appointed by the military governor of the eastern region. The mayors stressed their adherence to the democratic process and their solidarity with their elected counterparts who have been dismissed by force. The Municipality of Shahat said on Saturday that over 40 mayors and members of municipal councils had arrived in the town on board a National Oil Corporation plane in order to take part in the meeting.