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.
BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Hundreds of Libyans waving French and British flags and chanting anti-Muammar Gaddafi slogans mobbed President Nicolas Sarkozy and Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday in the eastern city of Benghazi.
Flying in from Tripoli, where they had also been given a rapturous welcome, the two men met crowds thanking them for the NATO campaign that helped end Gaddafi’s 42-year rule.
TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Nicolas Sarkozy and
David Cameron landed in Libya to a heroes’ welcome on Wednesday,
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 rebel forces backed by NATO bombers
overran the capital, French President Sarkozy and the British
prime minister promised in Tripoli to help hunt down the
fugitive Muammar Gaddafi and to hand his frozen assets to his
BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – An attack on a Libyan oil refinery this week by militia loyal to former leader Muammar Gaddafi was an isolated incident and steps are being taken to protect oil infrastructure, the head of the National Oil Corp. (NOC) has said.
Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi attacked the front gate of Libya’s largest oil refinery near the coastal town of Ras Lanuf on Monday, killing 15 guards, witnesses said.
BENGHAZI, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Libya’s interim government
said on Wednesday it would not move to Tripoli until the country
is fully “liberated”, contradicting a pledge to do so by the end
of this week.
The National Transitional Council said last month it would
set up an administration in Tripoli as part of plans to build up
democratic institutions and move towards holding elections.