News Roundup - Mon, Jan 8, 2018

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News Roundup - Mon, Jan 8, 2018

January 08, 2018 - 21:50
Written by: NewsDesk

Several members at the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) confirmed that Monday's session was delayed due to the lack of quorum, just like last week. The HoR was supposed to discuss the inclusion of the Libyan Political Agreement in the constitutional declaration, which has been on the table for so long. Meanwhile, sources from Tobruk reported that the reason there were so many HoR absent members last week was due to the bad weather conditions that prevented some flights from taking off on time, yet they gave no reasons for Monday's absence.

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The Council of Elders of Tarhouna stated on Sunday that an agreement was reached between Tarhouna and Garabulli on the withdrawal of the Joint Security Room forces, known as Kani Brigade, from the administrative boundaries of Garabulli.  The Chairman of Council, Saleh Alfandi, clarified that the participants in the meeting also concluded that every effort had to be made to solve the contentious issues between the two municipalities through dialogue. Al-Fandi added that the parties concerned will issue a statement within three days over the need to secure the roads in the region and to activate the role of police and security forces.

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The Chairman of the Presidential Council, Fayaz Al-Sarraj, met with the Libyan Health Federation President, Mahfouz Kaddour, and member of the Federation, Belkacem Barouni, in the presence of Under-Secretary of Health, Issa Al-Amayani, to consider improvements that could be made on the health services provided to citizens. The meeting also looked into discussing ways to regulate the relationship between the public and private health sectors in order to improve services and localization of treatment. Al-Sarraj called the Federation to communicate with the Ministry of Health and the National Center for the Development and Coordination of the Health System to overcome the difficulties that may face the immediate plan of improving health services and to set standards for the quality of those services, in addition to adopt long-term strategic actions on developing the health system.

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The Ras Lanuf Oil and Gas Company (Rasco) announced on Sunday the resumption of the Ras Lanuf refinery in the second half of this year, in conjunction with a decision in favour of the National Oil Corporation in two international arbitration cases on the refinery, which has a capacity of 200 thousand barrels per day. In a statement, Rasco said that "the verdict coincided with Ras Lanuf preparations for the second half of this year. The National Oil Corporation said earlier that it had won two international arbitration cases against the Ras Lanuf refinery operator and called for the refinery to be restarted as soon as possible.

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A delegation of ministers from the government of the Presidential Council and other government bodies visited the city of Misrata and the ghost town Tawergha on Sunday to undertake special measures for providing the urgent needs of displaced people of Tawergha in preparation for their return in February. The delegation also visited Misrata’s "Tamina" district, south of the city, to examine the living conditions of the affected population in the region, and to remedy the failure of the competent committee to include their needs within the agreement prepared for the return of Tawergha IDPs. The delegation included ministers of local government, interior, health, education, and heads of communications, water resources, environment and electricity.

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The foreign ministers of Nigeria and the Congo confirmed that they would continue their cooperation with Libya in combating illegal immigration. In a press conference in Tripoli on Saturday, the Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama clarified that the illegal migration is a comprehensive problem for the countries concerned. He called on both Libya and EU countries to stand by his country in combatting the phenomenon of illegal immigration and human trafficking. For his part, Emmanuel Ilunga, the minister in charge of Congolese affairs abroad stated that Libya is at a difficult stage this period, expressing his country's readiness to extend help in every possible manner.

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Janzur Municipal Council announced on Sunday it had completed installing two solar power systems in Janzur General Hospital with a capacity of 2400 KW; with the aim to help in solving the problem of frequent power outages. On its Facebook page, the Council indicated that the installation process was supervised by the Renewable Energy Authority, pointing out that it is seeking to deliver the best services to citizens in the hospital. On January 4, the National Oil Corporation (NOC) revealed that it had installed a solar power system in the hospitals of Zintan and Rujban mountain towns within the framework of the NOC's sustainable development program.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Sunday that it had provided essential medical supplies to the Zintan General Hospital, funded by the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO). About 30,000 people in Zintan will benefit from these supplies for a period of three months, according to the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). The UNSMIL added that the WHO provided 30 essential drug kits besides six medical kits to treat Type B injuries to the General Zintan hospital, noting that the supplies are sufficient for the treatment of 600 cases of moderate to severe injuries.