TOBRUK Libya (Reuters) – Trucks fitted with anti-aircraft cannon, troops and cement roadblocks protect the five-star hotel in Tobruk that is now the surreal last bastion of Libya’s fugitive parliament.
Holed up in the Dar al Salam seaside resort and pretending that all is normal, elected legislators debate laws and plan the future from the eastern city where they fled last month after losing control of Tripoli and much of the country.
TOBRUK, Libya, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Libya’s elected
parliament held U.N.-brokered talks with foes tied to a rival
assembly on Monday calling for a ceasefire by armed factions and
more dialogue to end a confrontation driving the OPEC member
state close to civil war.
The House of Representatives, the internationally recognised
parliament elected in June, was uprooted last month when an
armed group from the western city of Misrata took control of the
capital Tripoli and set up its own assembly and cabinet there.
TOBRUK Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s elected parliament will hold its first talks on Monday with members from an opposing city linked to a rival assembly, lawmakers said, starting a badly needed dialogue as the oil-producing country teeters on the edge of collapse.
The House of Representatives, the internationally recognized parliament elected in June, was uprooted last month when an armed group from the western city of Misrata took control of the capital Tripoli and set up its own assembly and cabinet there.
TOBRUK, Libya, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Libya’s oil output has
risen further, pushing world oil prices lower, defying the chaos
of more fighting between the factions that divide the country
and a government driven from the capital.
Crude output has reached 925,000 barrels per day (bpd), a
spokesman for the National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on
Thursday, the highest since before militias turned on each after
the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.
TOBRUK Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s budget deficit could more than double to 19 billion Libyan dinars ($15 billion) this year, as political and civil chaos ravage the OPEC member’s oil revenues, a senior lawmaker said on Wednesday.
Libya usually enjoys large budget surpluses thanks to oil export revenue but last year it ran an 8 billion-dinar deficit as a wave of protests cut into crude output. That civil strife has since spiraled into fighting that is close to civil war.
TOBRUK/LONDON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Food prices have risen in
Libya as payments problems, fighting and a breakdown in
authority disrupt the usual import routes as the country spins
out of control three years after the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi.
Rice, vegetables such as tomatoes and juice have become more
expensive by up to 10 percent in cities such as Benghazi, a
major port, where violence has made it harder for suppliers to
get their goods through, forcing importers to look for new ways
to bring food in.
TOBRUK Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s elected parliament approved on Monday a new cabinet proposed by Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni, a parliamentary spokesman said.
The House of Representatives agreed on a second cabinet list after rejecting last week an initial a 16-member lineup as too large, spokesman Faraj Hashem said.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Pro-government Libyan forces, already reeling from the fall of the capital, are fighting to prevent Islamist militants from seizing the eastern city of Benghazi and splitting the North African country into three warring parts.
Three weeks after losing Tripoli to a different militia, the army now faces an offensive in Libya’s second-largest city from the Islamists of Ansar al-Sharia, which has overrun special forces bases and is attacking Benghazi airport.
CAIRO (Reuters) – A comeback by Libya’s oil industry may be short-lived as a confrontation between armed groups risks splitting the country three years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.
Oil production has risen to 650,000 barrels per day (bpd), five times the level two months ago, in a rare success for the economy at a time when armed groups and two parliaments fight for control of the North African country.
BENGHAZI Libya/CAIRO (Reuters) – The Libyan parliament that was replaced in an election in June reconvened on Monday and chose an Islamist-backed deputy as the new prime minister, leaving the chaotic country with two rival leaders and assemblies, each backed by armed factions.
As political unrest mounted, U.S. officials said two series of air strikes in the past week on armed Islamist factions in the capital, Tripoli, were the work of Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.