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Country Report Libya

  • Published: September 2014
  • Region: Libya
  • 25 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

The reappointed Libyan prime minister, Abdallah al-Thinni, arrived in the UAE for an official visit on September 9th. Mr Thinni was joined by the speaker of the House of Representatives , Saleh Ageela, and the chief of staff, Major-General Abdel Razzaq Nazhuri.

The UAE has emerged as a key international backer of the embattled new House of Representatives-the new parliament that was elected in June-and the government of Mr Thinni. Speaking to local media, Mr Thinni denied that UAE jets had been involved in the bombing of Islamist targets in Tripoli in August, after the US alleged that the UAE had launched raids against Misuratan fighters from Egyptian airbases during the battle for Tripoli's airport. To date, the UAE has not admitted nor denied involvement in the airstrikes.

Military and financial support is likely to be the key topic of discussion. The authorities in Tobruq, where the elected parliament and the internationally recognised government are based, are well aware of the fact that the Central Bank of Libya in Tripoli is off-limits to Mr Thinni's government. Statements from the Bank suggest that it is still functioning and receiving oil revenue directly, and READ MORE >

Country Report Libya

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