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Daily news – February 9, 2022

News from: Al Jazeera, Brookings, East Asia Forum, Global Times, Key4Biz, Reuters, RFE RL, The Jamestown Foundation, ThinkChina, US Department of State  AFRICA The criticality of climate finance for Africa. Amar Bhattacharya, Brookings: Climate finance will be critical for enabling Africa to adapt to the growing impacts of climate change and to ensure that its […]

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Daily news – February 8, 2022

News from: Al Jazeera, Astana Times, Atlantic Council, Brookings, Bruegel, Chatham House, CSIS, Defense News, Defense One, East Asia Forum, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Global Times, Human Rights Watch, Japan Institute of International Affairs, Nextgov, Reuters, RFE RL, RUSI, StartMagazine, The Jamestown Foundation, Vatican  AFGHANISTAN – USA Where are the detailed Pentagon reports like […]

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Libyan parliament committee urges change of interim PM (Al Jazeera)

A Libyan parliament committee has said the chamber should choose a new interim prime minister, a move that could set major factions against each other in the wake of a failed election. The committee, set up to chart a political path forward after a national election process collapsed last month, also said on Monday that […]

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Libyan security forces violently break up migrant protest (Al Jazeera)

Libyan security forces have raided and violently broke up a protest sit-in by migrants outside a shuttered UN community centre in the capital of Tripoli, activists and migrants said. The troops came overnight, smashed up the protest site and arrested hundreds, said activist Tarik Lamloum on Monday. Those detained were sent to a detention centre […]

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Has the political process in Libya failed? (Al Jazeera)

Libya was among the Arab Spring nations, and since a revolution toppled the government a decade ago, it has not known peace or political stability. But after months of arduous negotiations and international mediation, there were fresh hopes for the future. Warring sides signed a United Nations-sponsored ceasefire deal, formed a unity government and agreed […]

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Libya electoral commission dissolves poll committees (Al Jazeera)

Libya’s head of the High National Electoral Commission (HNEC) has ordered the dissolution of the electoral committees nationwide, in a move that effectively postpones this week’s presidential elections. A leaked internal statement by Imad al-Sayeh dated December 20 outlined six points, chiefly “the disbandment of electoral regional and local branch offices and committees”. A member of […]

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Making Libya’s Next Election Count (Belabbes Benkredda, Project-Syndicate)

After a decade of chaos and civil war, Libyans have grown disenchanted with politics. In the run-up to the first round of the presidential election on December 24, the opportunity to hear the candidates discuss and debate their plans for the country is a crucial step toward building political trust, legitimacy, and stability. Making Libya’s […]

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Lapidated Libya (Michael Young, Carnegie Middle East Center)

Tarek Mitri is president of the Saint George University in Beirut. He was appointed several times a Lebanese minister, before being tasked by then United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon to serve as Special Representative for Libya in 2012–2014. In anticipation of the presidential elections in Libya on December 24, followed by a second round […]

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Libya delays candidate list as likely election postponement looms (Al Jazeera)

Libya’s election commission said it would not publish a list of presidential candidates until after it settles some legal issues, leaving almost no time to hold the vote as planned on December 24. “Given the sensitivities of this stage and the political and security circumstances surrounding it, the commission is keen to exhaust all means […]

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Libyan political body calls for election delay as disputes grow (Reuters)

A Libyan political body on Wednesday called for a Dec. 24 presidential election to be delayed to February amid growing jostling over the rules and legal basis of a vote aimed at ending a decade of instability. Libyan political body calls for election delay as disputes grow | Reuters

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Experts warn upcoming Libyan elections unlikely to heal rifts (Christopher Hamill-Stewart, Arab News)

The political situation in Libya will remain unstable whether or not planned elections go ahead later this month, experts have warned, pointing to legal, political, and security failings that endanger stability in the near future. In an event hosted Thursday by London think-tank Chatham House and attended by Arab News, a panel of speakers outlined […]

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‘Point of no return’: Refugees in Libya long for safety (Federica Marsi, Al Jazeera)

David Oliver Yambio has run out of options. The 24-year-old from South Sudan is among the hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers who have spent more than seven weeks camped outside a United Nations centre in Tripoli to demand relocation to a safe place after being targeted in a major crackdown in western Libya. ‘Point of no […]