BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – In August, as rebels fought forces loyal to President Muammar Gaddafi, two representatives of a British business consortium took a “rather long and arduous ferry journey from Malta” to the North African country.
“To describe it as a ferry would be very polite,” according to an executive at a London-based global engineering company, whose interests the two men represented. “I think it was a trawler.”
BENGHAZI/LONDON (Reuters) – Flanked by two colleagues, a 60-something Englishman quietly worked the lobby of Benghazi’s Tibesti Hotel last week, targeting people likely to be the power brokers in a new Libya.
Approached by a Reuters reporter, the man declined to give his name or even shake hands, describing himself as “a very private person.”
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s neighbor Tunisia jailed Muammar Gaddafi’s former prime minister on Thursday, and Libya’s new rulers said they were tightening their grip on the desert towns where Gaddafi himself may be hiding.
In the highest profile detention of a Gaddafi associate to date, a Tunisian court sentenced ex-prime minister Al Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi to six months in jail on charges of illegally entering the country on Wednesday evening.
TRIPOLI, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Libya’s interim prime minister
has proposed a former executive from Eni become
minister for oil, highlighting the Italian firm’s leading role
in an oil industry desperate for a quick restart after seven
months of war.
Abdul-Rahman Ben Yezza, who has worked in the National Oil
Corporation as well as Eni, was named by interim Prime Minister
Mahmoud Jibril as the proposed candidate for the new ministry, a
copy of Jibril’s proposal, seen by Reuters, showed.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – A prominent critic of Libya’s new rulers said on Tuesday interim Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril should resign over what he said was a failure to supply ammunition to troops fighting forces still loyal to Muammar Gaddafi.
Demands have been made before for members of the country’s National Transitional Council (NTC) to step down, but the latest intervention is likely to add to pressure on Jibril, who is already struggling with a stalled military offensive and a failure to form a new government.
BENGHAZI/BANI WALID, Libya, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Fugitive
ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s loyalists said on Monday
they had captured 17 mercenaries — some British and French –
in what would amount to a sharp setback for the country’s new
rulers and their international backers.
The claim by Gaddafi spokesman Moussa Ibrahim could not be
verified but comes at a time when the new authorities are facing
stark reversals on the battlefield and in the political arena.
BENGHAZI (Reuters) – Libya’s interim leaders failed to agree a new cabinet on Sunday in the latest setback to attempts to normalize the running of a government still bogged down by battles with pro-Muammar Gaddafi forces.
The cabinet — or executive committee — was dissolved last month after procedural errors in the handling of the unexplained shooting dead of the newly ruling National Transitional Council’s (NTC) military chief.
TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Turkey’s prime
minister heads to Libya on Friday, a day after the French and
British leaders won a hero’s welcome there for helping to
overthrow Muammar Gaddafi and in the midst of a fierce battle
over Gaddafi’s home town.
Tayyip Erdogan, on a North African tour to assert Ankara’s
regional influence, will be hoping to reap political and
economic dividends from Libya’s new rulers for his country’s
help in their struggle to end Gaddafi’s 42-year grip on power.
TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI (Reuters) – Nicolas Sarkozy and David Cameron landed in Libya to a heroes’ welcome on Thursday, promising help for the new rulers that French and British air power helped to install and being told the favour may be repaid in business contracts.
Just three weeks after rebels backed by NATO bombers overran the capital, French President Sarkozy and the British prime minister promised in Tripoli to help hunt down Muammar Gaddafi and to hand his frozen assets to his successors.
TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Sept 15 (Reuters) – The leaders of France
and Britain were feted in Libya for their support of the
uprising which overthrew Muammar Gaddafi while forces of the new
government closed in on his hometown Sirte in an effort to
complete their victory.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister
David Cameron, whose air forces helped end Gaddafi’s 42-year
rule, flew in to Tripoli to be told their support may be repaid
in business contracts with the oil-rich North African state.