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Prime Minister Awn Khasawneh met with Head of Libya’s National Transitional Council Mustafa Abdul Jalil at the start of a landmark visit to Tripoli in which he conveyed the support of His Majesty King Abdullah II for the Libyan leadership and people.
Khasawneh highlighted the historic ties between the two countries, adding Jordan is keen to forge closer cooperation with Libya in various fields.
Jordan, he said, supported the choice of the Libyan people, adding the Kingdom was ready to place all its capabilities at the service of Libya and back its comprehensive development process.
Head of the Libyan NTC sent his greetings to His Majesty the King, expressing appreciation of the Libyan people and leadership for Jordan’s supportive stance towards Libya over the past period.… Read More
The fundamental problems in the ever-evolving draft electoral law proposed by Libya’s National Transitional Council earlier this month seem to be completely lost on its architects. As an unelected and thereby unrepresentative government body, the NTC does not have the political legitimacy to draft such a law, let alone enact it without a transparent public debate. But still, the law is expected to be announced tomorrow.
The most recent violence, in which “pro-Qaddafi” forces are said to have retaken the town of Bani Walid, shows how urgently the country needs a political framework to bring together different factions and begin to disarm the militias. That transitional process, however, is causing more disputes than it is resolving.
The draft legislation will govern the elections of a 200-member national congress to draft the new Libyan constitution and appoint a new interim government in June. But it is flawed on many levels. First, it was written by unnamed committee members appointed by the NTC whose credentials and qualifications are largely unknown. There have also been allegations that the original version is not the same as the one published on the NTC website, raising further speculation over the document’s origins.… Read More
By Oliver Miles
The NTC may be less than a lame duck, but media reports about Libya being on the brink of civil war are absurd
Since I returned from a week in Libya a few days ago there have been some bad headlines, for example “Protesters storm Libyan government HQ in Benghazi” and “Gaddafi loyalists seize Libyan town“. It was my first visit since the revolution, and I have already written about my impressions, which were favourable and sometimes inspiring. Was I wrong?
First, a word about the media situation. Foreign correspondents move freely in Libya. Ordinary Libyans have found their voice, and there is a flood of new Arabic language newspapers, which have yet to prove themselves. The National Transitional Council is lamentably weak in strategic communication and has failed to make public even basic facts like the names and number of members.… Read More
The big problem after a revolution is authority. Taking to the streets or to the hills to get rid of a dictator takes courage, certainly. But once he’s gone, even rarer qualities are demanded to build a new government that can command loyalty and respect, instil order and solve problems.
Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) is discovering this the hard way. It will need some fresh political inspiration if it is to keep alive the hope of a united and peaceful country.
The ejection from office of Muammar Qaddafi and the ensuing civil war have led to a sheaf of problems the NTC has so far not managed well. Big-picture advantages such as international goodwill and the speedy resumption of oil exports have not saved the NTC from a discouraging range of domestic problems.
Some of the tribal militias which fought as allies against Qaddafi now baulk at submitting to the NTC’s authority. That is bad, but a more severe problem is the widespread resentment of Qaddafi-era officials who still hold regional or administrative offices. Recent protests, some of them violent, reveal the public’s revulsion against the old regime.… Read More
By RAMI AL-SHAHEIBI
The head of Libya’s transitional government on Sunday suspended delegates from Benghazi, the city that kicked off the movement that toppled ruler Moammar Gadhafi last year.
The suspension the latest sign of discord within the body that led the anti-Gadhafi uprising but has struggled to establish an effective government to replace his regime.
The move follows protests in Benghazi accusing the body of corruption and not moving fast enough on reform. It was prompted by street protests and rejected by the delegates.
The announcement came the day after protesters stormed the National Transitional Council offices in Benghazi and carted off computers, chairs and desks while Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, head of the NTC, was holed up inside.… Read More
Thousands of Libyan students protested Sunday in the eastern city of Benghazi, a day after angry demonstrators lobbed grenades (Juliteena – TNT for fishing) and stormed the offices of the ruling National Transitional Council.
The NTC, which spearheaded last year’s bloody revolt against Moamer Kadhafi and took full control after his fall, was forced to meet at a secret location to adopt a new election law after Saturday’s attack on its offices.
Around 4,000 students protested against the deputy head of the NTC, Abdel Hafiz Ghoga, at the University of Ghar Yunis in the former rebel stronghold, an AFP correspondent reported.
They chanted slogans against Ghoga, demanding his resignation from the NTC and condemning the arrest of 11 of their colleagues for allegedly manhandling him at the campus last week.… Read More
By Oliver Holmes
The deputy head of Libya’s ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) said on Sunday he was resigning after a series of protests against the new government which the country’s leader warned could drag Libya into a “bottomless pit”.
The protests have pitched the NTC into its deepest crisis since Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown with help from NATO powers last year, and they raise new questions about the council’s ability to govern the oil exporting country.
Late on Saturday, a crowd demanding the government’s resignation forced their way into the NTC’s local headquarters in Benghazi while the NTC chief was inside, in the most serious show of anger at the authorities since Gaddafi’s ouster.
The NTC has the support of Western powers, but it is unelected, has been slow to restore basic public services, and some Libyans say too many of its members are tarnished by ties to Gaddafi.… Read More
By Mohammad Al Tommy
Protesters stormed the Benghazi headquarters of Libya’s ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) on Saturday while its chairman was still in the building.
People in Benghazi, birthplace of the revolt which forced out former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, have been protesting for weeks to demand the sacking of Gaddafi-era officials and more transparency about how the NTC is spending Libyan assets.
The attack is a serious blow to the self-appointed but internationally recognised NTC, and underscores growing discontent over the way it is running the country.… Read More