News Roundup - Thu, Jan 11, 2018

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News Roundup - Thu, Jan 11, 2018

January 11, 2018 - 21:56
Written by: HousamNajjair

The Head of Zaytona University Students' Union in Tarhouna, Yusif Al-Sadiq, was abducted by unknown gunmen, the National Commission for Human Rights in Libya (NCHRL) said Thursday. The NCHRL added in a statement that he was kidnapped from in front the Tripoli University campus of Ain Zarar district, saying that there no clear reasons behind the abduction so far, let alone who was behind the abduction. The NCHRL also condemned the incident calling for his release, urging the interior ministry to interfere to find his whereabouts and bring the criminals to justice.

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The Vice-Chairman of the Presidential Council, Ahmed Maitiq, met on Wednesday with the Turkish Ambassador to Libya, Ahmet Dogan. The two sides discussed latest developments of the fate of the kidnapped engineers of the Turkish company working on the Ubari power station. A statement released by the Media Office of Presidential Council clarified that the meeting, which was held at the Presidential Council headquarters, discussed how Turkish companies would return to complete stalled projects in Libya. Foreign engineers working at the Ubari gas powered station were kidnapped in early November. Their fate is still unknown.

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The Libyan consulate in Tunis has called on Libyan citizens visiting Tunisia and those who are residing there to be vigilant as violent protests rock many cities in Tunisia. In a post on its official Facebook page, the Libyan consulate explained that Libyans should take necessary precautions, especially in the evening period. Tunisia has been witnessing popular protests in many cities for two days, due to poor living conditions, high prices and austerity policies, leading to widespread theft and looting of public and private property.

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The government committee on following up and implementing the agreement between Misrata and Tawergha has designated the General Authority for Relief and Humanitarian Aid to start processing the humanitarian support program for Tawergha returnees. The committee authorized the Libyan Mine Action and War Disposal Center of the Ministry of Defence to carry out its tasks to assess certain areas. This came during a meeting held on Wednesday at the head of the Presidential Council`s office in Tripoli to discuss executive procedures with the concerned authorities to implement the decision of the Presidential Council on the return of the people of Tawergha to their town.

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The head of the High National Elections Commission (HNEC), Emad Sayeh, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Libyan Post Company, Tariq Shatshat, signed a memorandum of understanding in Tripoli on Wednesday. According to HNEC's website, Sayeh stated that the HNEC is very close to begin registering voters abroad, adding that the HNEC is relying on the Libyan Post Company to deliver electoral materials to 27 points of contact outside Libya, including embassies, cultural and electoral centers. Sayeh indicated that this is the first time that this task is being carried out by efforts of national cadres. For his part, Shatshat praised the steps being taken and confirmed that the implementation of the upcoming elections by Libyans themselves will be a successful experience, adding that the company will be on time to put its mark on this historic event.

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The Indian construction company, Punj Lloyd, has filed an arbitration request against Libya-owned Sirte Oil Company to the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) to recover what it called dues, estimated at more than $ 200 million. The international law firm, Curtis, confirmed in a statement made to the Libyan TV channel Alraid, that they will be representing Sirte Oil in front of the ICC in Paris against the court order made by the Indian company. According to Indian press reports, Punj Lloyd stated that the Libyan company broke the agreement by extending the scope of a five-year project unilaterally. The original agreement provides for the implementation of its terms between 2006 and 2011, Punj Lloyd completed 87% of the work by late 2010 before the February 17 revolution that prevented the company from completing the project.

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Ahmaida Tarbah, Dignity Operation-appointed mayor of Derna by the military governor of the eastern region, has confirmed the entry of two petrol trucks to the city after a cut of fuel supplies for years. The trucks entered after obtaining permission from the military governor of the eastern region, Abdel Razek Nadori, in coordination with Dignity Operation forces, who are surrounding the city. This load of petrol will be used to improve the conditions of services and help reduce the burden being bared by the average citizen from the hardships of travelling to neighbouring areas to obtain gasoline. Derna has been suffering from a suffocating blockade for more than a year and a half, which prevents the entry of fuel, commodities and cash.