News Roundup - Wed, May 17, 2017

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News Roundup - Wed, May 17, 2017

May 17, 2017 - 15:15
Written by: HousamNajjair

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The President of the General National Congress (GNC), Nuri AbuSahmain, issued a decree establishing the political dialogue team representing the General National Congress as the point of communication with the United Nations Mission in Libya, the Arab League, the African Union and all parties in order to activate fresh rounds of meetings on the Libyan political dialogue. As the decree states, the team will consist of 20 representatives under the leadership of Saeed Khattali and his deputy Abdul Fattah Shalawi. The team will report on each round of the presidency of the Congress, including any conclusions reached by the panel at the meetings.

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The head of the investigations department within the Attorney General's Office, Siddiq AlSour, revealed in a press statement Tuesday that a number of oil company officials were arrested as a result of investigations into financial corruption cases. AlSour reiterated that the Attorney General’s office in Tripoli had previously released warrants for a number of managers and representatives of oil companies effectively banning them from travel as investigations into cases relating to oil smuggling, financial excesses, non-payment of state debts and the establishment of fake gas stations were ongoing.

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According to the information office of the head of the High Council of State, Abdulrahman Suwaheli met with the German Ambassador to Libya Christian Buck on Tuesday. The meeting, which was attended by the First Vice President, discussed relations between the two countries and issues of common concern. The German ambassador confirmed the European Union's efforts to push the political process forward and to address any hurdles facing the political agreement.

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The first peace forum held under the patronage of the Old Town and the Old Town of Tripoli Development Organization was launched in Tripoli yesterday evening. The forum was aimed at spreading the culture of peace and calling for reconciliation also focused on matters like the rejection of strife, reform and peaceful coexistence throughout Libya. Other elements discussed were disagreements and rhetoric of violence and hatred in the media. The meeting was attended by the President of the General Authority for Culture Hassan Onees, the President of the Council of National Reconciliation Tahir Badawi, the Elders of Tripoli, some members of the Tripoli Municipality and a crowd of media and intellectuals. 

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Egypt's football federation announced the cancellation of a match between the Libyan and Egyptian teams for local players in Cairo last Tuesday. The friendly match was scheduled for June 5. The Egyptian Football Federation's executive director said the Egyptian Football Federation's apology was due to more than one player's association with exams. The Libyan team will face Algeria in the first zone qualifiers for the African Nations Cup for local players scheduled for Kenya in 2018. The first leg will be played in Algeria and the second leg will be held in Tunisia.

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Souq Al-Jumaa, Tripoli, hosted a traditional art exhibition that embodied a number of works performed by a number of students and school staff. The exhibition, attended by the Mayor of the Municipality, Mr. Shaaban Dadesh and Eng. Abdul Hakim Talha a member of the municipal council, was a celebration marking the end of the current academic year.

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According to the manager of the Sreer gas power station, KhairAllah Hadairi, the second unit of the power station entered the public grid. The unit, with a capacity of 80 MW can be raised to 250 MW on request after the completion of the routine program checks. Hadairi stressed that the station is now operating with two units, the third being out of order due to the need of spare parts as a result of damage suffered during the period of conflict in the region.

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The Courts of Appeal in Al-Bayda ruled that the decision of the Presidential Council to form a Committee for the Care of the Hajj season for this year was invalid. The court decided that the decision of the Presidential Council was prepared on the functions of the General Authority for Hajj and Umrah, which is dedicated to affairs of Hajj and Umrah in the Libyan state, and the Presidential Council has issued a resolution on 14 06-2016, to form a committee to care for the Hajj season under the chairmanship of the Vice-President of the Council Ahmed Hamza. 

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African Airlines has announced on its official Facebook page that the resumption of its flights from Matiga to Kufra will begin on Friday, 26th of May. The airline company added that the Matiga to Kufra line would consist of weekly flights every Friday except for the month of Ramadan, which will consist of one trip every two weeks.

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The delegated Interior Minister of the UN proposed government, Arif al-Khawaja, appointed a new director for the security of the Ras Jedir border crossing while the resolution No. 77 of 2017 provides for the appointment of Salim al-Okak. The Ras Jedir crossing, which is run by Colonel Mohammed Bulrah, has witnessed frequent disturbances in traffic movement from both the Libyan and Tunisian sides.

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A Libyan oil expert told Reuters on Tuesday that Libya's oil production fell from more than 800,000 bpd last week to 739,000 bpd due to technical problems hampering production by the Arab Gulf Oil Company. It was not yet clear what the technical problems were or how long the impact would continue on production.