News Roundup - Mon, Jan 29, 2018

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News Roundup - Mon, Jan 29, 2018

January 29, 2018 - 22:02
Written by: NewsDesk

Libya’s national football team beat Congo on Sunday on penalties 5-3 and qualified for the CHAN 2018 semifinal in the game that ended 1-1 at Agadir’s stadium in Morocco.

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The Governor of the Libyan Central Bank - appointed by the House of Representatives in eastern Libya - Mohammed Al-Shoukri was sworn in in an HoR meeting in Tobruk on Monday.

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The Chairman of the Presidential Council, Fayaz Al-Sarraj, received the head of Tawergha Local Council, Abdul Rahman Shakshak, on Sunday to assess the needs of the town ahead of the return of the people of Tawergha to their town on the first of February.

The meeting reviewed the practical steps taken to provide the needs of the returnees to their homes and to ensure the smooth running of all procedures, including the activation of the public services in the town and the fulfilment by the concerned government authorities of their obligations.

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Activists in Paris, London and Washington marched Saturday in protest against the UAE, accusing it of having ties with the human trafficking activities in Libya and demanding it to stop its funding to the militias involved in these operations.

The London- based The New Arab news website reported on Sunday that the protests were held by "African Lives Matter" and "Boycott UAE" organizations. The protesters accused Abu Dhabi of facilitating the African migrant trafficking in Dubai and financing militias in Libya to torture and kill migrants as well as selling them at auctions.

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The Chairman of the Dialogue Committee of the High Council of State, Musa Faraj, confirmed on Sunday that there is a dispute between the House of Representatives and the High Council of State over the mechanism of selecting members of the Presidential Council.

In a press statement, Faraj explained that the dispute was due to the insistence of the House of Representatives to unify the formation of the Presidential Council. He also explained that the Council of State is holding firm to the political agreement and the consensus on selecting the members of the Presidential Council.

Faraj confirmed that the dialogue committees of the House of Representatives and the High Council of State are looking for a compromise formula to reform the Presidential Council.

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The Minister of Local Government, Badad Qansu, met with senior officials of the ministry on Sunday to discuss the preparations, arrangements, and mechanisms for holding the upcoming municipal council elections in 2018.

In a statement issued after the meeting, Qansu said that the municipalities are ready to work with the government in order to hold elections on time and without delay. He added that the security conditions inside the country are appropriate to conduct elections that will help lead Libya out of its crisis.

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Customs authorities in Misrata have seized more than 8 million drug tablets before being smuggled into Libya, according to a statement by Misrata Automated Inspection Unit.

The Customs Department explained via its Facebook page that the discovery was made after competent authorities in the port monitored a container coming from India on Sunday after being suspected of having narcotic pills. The customs officials searched the container and found around 8 million drug pills in addition to an amount of Indian-made juices which appears to be for camouflage.

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Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous Operation said Sunday that it had recovered 6 bodies believed to belong to ISIS fighters in the neighbourhood 600, which witnessed one of the most intense fighting between Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous and ISIS militants in 2016.

The Directorate of Sirte Security revealed Saturday that it had set up a scheme in cooperation with the Red Crescent of Misrata and Sirte to retrieve the corpses of ISIS fighters that were found in the neighbourhood 600. The Red Crescent team also recovered Saturday three decomposing bodies found in the neighborhood 656 in Sirte.

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The Municipal Council of Gharyan has held the Minister of Interior, Arif Khoja, responsible for the security vacuum in the city.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the Municipal Council pointed out that the Interior Minister refused to appoint Colonel Ali Triki as Director of the Security Directorate of Gharyan, despite the consensus he enjoyed from all parties, including the former security director.

The Council insisted that it would approach the supervisory and judicial authorities in order to take the necessary measures due to the negligence of the minister and his dereliction of duty. Gharyan Security Directorate closed its doors two weeks ago because of the security chaos and in protest for failing to appoint a new director for the Directorate by the Minister of Interior, according to the statement.

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Member of the House of Representatives, Ibrahim Al-Dursi, has accused the Governor of the Central Bank of Libya in Tripoli, Siddiq Al-Kabir, of setting a deal with the giant currency traders to manipulate the foreign currency black market, which led to what he called a "suspicious fall" of the US dollar against the Libyan dinar.

On his Facebook page, Al-Dursi said that this was a proactive move by Al-Kabir to scuttle the appointing of the new governor, Mohammed Al-Shukri, by the House of Representatives. He insisted that the weakness of the Libyan dinar and the lack of cash was just a fabricated crisis. Al-Dursi expected the dollar to rise again if Al-Kabir doesn't hand over the post of governor to Mohammed al-Shukri, who is expected to be sworn in later today before the Tobruk- based parliament.