News Roundup - Thu, Oct 12, 2017

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News Roundup - Thu, Oct 12, 2017

October 12, 2017 - 15:23
Written by: HousamNajjair

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The head of the Dialogue Committee representing the House of Representatives (HoR), Abdel Salam Nassia, stated after a HoR session yesterday, that the HoR examined the results of the Dialogue Committee during the first round of the Tunis dialogue within three days. Nassia added that the HoR had come to an agreement that the duties of the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces should be under the responsibility of the Presidential Council. He also stressed that this should be under the condition that any decisions could only be made with the agreement of the HoR. Nassia concluded by saying that the HoR expressed their satisfaction with the conclusions reached by the Dialogue Committee on mutual agreements regarding the building of the executive authority and proposals for the Constitution, in addition to the articles on which there was disagreement, and options put forward to amend them.

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The Presidential Council issued a decision to form a committee to investigate the structural damage to the city of Sabratha. The decision will also appoint a committee headed by the Deputy Minister of Local Government, the Deputy of the Mayor of Sabratha Municipality and others concerned with making a report on all material damage that occurred as a result of the clashes in and around the city.

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Reuters has reported that EU officials have expressed their intention to reopen their office in Libya if the security situation in the country continues to improve. The media outlet also said that the decision to return came in an effort to provide support to the government, adding that the EU had indicated, in a joint statement, that they will be announcing at their summit in Brussels on the 19th and 20th October, their encouragement at the idea of establishing a permanent presence for the European Union in Libya soon. 

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The spokesman for the Libyan Navy, Ayoub Qasim, stated on Wednesday that a Coast Guard patrol rescued ninety illegal immigrants off the coast of Sabratha. Qasim said that the migrants originate from a range of African countries and included twenty women and nine children; all found on board a rubber boat. He confirmed that the illegal immigrants were all handed over to Naser Detention Center in Zawiyah city.

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The head of the National Oil Corporation (NOC), Mustafa Sanallah, said on Wednesday that Libyan oil production amounted to approximately one million barrels per day, adding that the target for the NOC is to raise production to 1.25 million barrels per day by the end of 2017, which Sanallah said would be very difficult. Sanallah stated in a press conference that the NOC received only 25 percent of its budget for 2017, adding that Libyan representatives explained to OPEC and non-OPEC members, the challenges in the production of oil and they understood those challenges.

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Truck drivers in Gharyan have held a sit-in to protest against the deterioration of their conditions as well as the security situation in the areas where they travel through. The drivers demanded that their wages are raised and that they should be provided with cash and that their treatment at the border crossings of Ras AJdair and Dahaiba should be improved. Security and their protection from hijacking, looting and armed robbery on the roads is another demand for improvement by the drivers.

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A medical convoy arrived at Ubari General Hospital, which was formed on the orders of the Ministry of Health of the Presidential Council. Ubari Municipal Council explained that this convoy will be distributed in the coming days at health centers in the municipality, noting that this initiative came after repeated calls by citizens regarding the deterioration of the health sector in the region.

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The Illegal Immigration Agency in Tripoli announced that they had deported eighteen illegal immigrants from Ghana, who voluntarily returned to their country. The repatriation was carried out through Mitiga International Airport under the auspices and sponsorship of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).  In a statement on their official Facebook page, the agency expressed their thanks and appreciation to all those who contributed to the return of these illegal migrants stranded in Libya.

 

 

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