News Roundup - Wed, Mar 14, 2018

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News Roundup - Wed, Mar 14, 2018

March 14, 2018 - 21:42
Written by: HousamNajjair

The Chief of Anti-Illegal Immigration Agency (AIIA) of the Ministry of Interior, Brigadier Mohamed Bisher, hosted the Ambassador of the United Kingdom in Libya, Frank Baker, on Thursday. The Media Office of the AIIA said the meeting discussed ways to find strategic solutions to the phenomenon of illegal immigration, and a mechanism to best use support from the European Union and the United Nations. Ways to reduce the flow of migrants to Libya and Europe were also discussed during the meeting.

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A source at the oil port of Zawiya said that the loading of crude had been resumed after reaching an agreement with protesting workers. A number of workers at the port, which exports crude from the Sharara oil field, announced went on strike on Monday to demand salary increase, which led to the disruption of loading activities at the port, but negotiations which began on Monday ended with the resumption of loading on Tuesday. The source confirmed that the agreement was reached between the strikers and the company and the port is now functioning normally.

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The head of the Civil Registry Authority (CRA), Mohammed Beltamer, issued a decision on Tuesday to set up a committee to compute all families in the Civil Registry Office in Murzuk, southwest Libya. The CRA explained on their official Twitter page that the purpose of this census is to reopen the office, which has been closed more than two years because of poor security conditions and to provide services to citizens again. Observers said that the reason for the closure of some civil registry offices in some areas is because of a fear of manipulation and forgery in official records and the issuance of forged personal and family documents for foreigners.

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The Director-General of the High National Elections Commission (HNEC), Said Gasbi, denied on Tuesday news of a signed partnership between the HNEC and the National Elections Commission in Egypt. Gasbi also confirmed in a press statement that the HNEC has a partnership only with the Tunisian Elections Commission since 2016. It is worth noting that the Libyan Ambassador to Egypt, Mohamed Abdelaziz, made a statement claiming that in the coming days a protocol will be signed between the HNEC and its Egyptian counterpart to benefit from what he called the "Egyptian democratic process."

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The Chairman of the High National Elections Commission (HNEC), Imad Sayeh, said that the HNEC will be fully prepared for elections by next September, and it will be awaiting the issuance of the electoral law from the House of Representatives. Sayeh added on a television interview that after the completion of the registration process, the HNEC will begin transforming the needs of the electoral process from political to technical ones. He also clarified that the HNEC is keen on making sure that the upcoming electoral process is full of integrity and transparency to prevent abuses and fraud.

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A workshop set up to determine the fate of missing persons was launched in Tripoli on Tuesday morning. Presidential Council Deputy Chairman, Ahmad Mietieq, announced at the opening of the workshop the start of the operation of a newly set up DNA lab, calling it a step towards justice and reconciliation under the auspices of the State Ministry for the Families of Martyrs and Missing Persons. The workshop focused on the legal framework for the filing of missing persons and the development of practical, standard and legal procedures for identifying them. The workshop also focused on coordinating efforts among official authorities concerned with this issue to help determine the fate of those who are missing, which was described as a main factor in the process of reconciliation.

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The spokesman for the Municipal Council of Sirte, Mohammed Al-Amil, stated on Tuesday that the council had contracted the Danish DanChurchAid (DCA), a humanitarian non-governmental organization, on a plan of action to remove mines and remnants of war from the neighborhoods of Sirte. “The DCA will initiate awareness-raising programs on the dangers of war remnants according to their plan of action in the city.” He said. According to Al-Amil, Sirte mayor urged DCA demining experts to communicate with security authorities in the city to conduct a complete survey of the neighborhoods, especially after the city is witnessing occurrences of explosions of mines and bombs planted by ISIS before they were defeated in the city. DCA has been working in Libya since 2011 and has offices in Tripoli, Misrata and Benghazi.