Showing posts tagged as "Peter Cole"

Showing posts tagged Peter Cole

6 Jul
Amid a fragile peace, Libyans vote in a new era | Sydney Morning Herald
By Ruth Pollard
For 42 years, the only face Libyans saw looming over their future was Muammar Gaddafi.
Now the faces of thousands of candidates line the crowded streets of Tripoli - many of them women - as Libya prepares to usher in a new era of freedom with today’s election for a 200-member national assembly.
But the newly minted politicians, tasked with naming a prime minister, enacting legislation and appointing a committee to draft a constitution, will take their seats as Libya’s already fragile transition from dictatorship to democracy comes under increasing pressure from militia violence across the divided country.
FULL ARTICLE (Sydney Morning Herald)
Photo: AFP

Amid a fragile peace, Libyans vote in a new era | Sydney Morning Herald

By Ruth Pollard

For 42 years, the only face Libyans saw looming over their future was Muammar Gaddafi.

Now the faces of thousands of candidates line the crowded streets of Tripoli - many of them women - as Libya prepares to usher in a new era of freedom with today’s election for a 200-member national assembly.

But the newly minted politicians, tasked with naming a prime minister, enacting legislation and appointing a committee to draft a constitution, will take their seats as Libya’s already fragile transition from dictatorship to democracy comes under increasing pressure from militia violence across the divided country.

FULL ARTICLE (Sydney Morning Herald)

Photo: AFP

11 Jun
Defiant Libyan militia hold ICC team for a third day | The National
By: Alice Fordham
CAIRO // A mountain militia in western Libya defied diplomats, the International Criminal Court and their own president yesterday by detaining an ICC legal delegation for a third day.
The four ICC staff are accused of trying to pass forbidden material to Saif Al Islam, imprisoned son of the former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, while visiting him in Zintan. The military council in Zintan said they tried to give him a camera and a letter from Mohamad Ismail, a senior member of the Qaddafi regime.
FULL ARTICLE (The National)
Photo: B.R.Q./Flickr

Defiant Libyan militia hold ICC team for a third day | The National

By: Alice Fordham

CAIRO // A mountain militia in western Libya defied diplomats, the International Criminal Court and their own president yesterday by detaining an ICC legal delegation for a third day.

The four ICC staff are accused of trying to pass forbidden material to Saif Al Islam, imprisoned son of the former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, while visiting him in Zintan. The military council in Zintan said they tried to give him a camera and a letter from Mohamad Ismail, a senior member of the Qaddafi regime.

FULL ARTICLE (The National)

Photo: B.R.Q./Flickr

2 Nov

GlobalPost: Libya: militia infighting on rise

By Mariya Karimjee

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Libya’s regional militias are fighting one another, leading to a mutual distrust that will pose a challenge to the new leadership, reports CNN.

The rivalry became evident when fighters clashed at a Tripoli hospital, reports CNN. The battle, which occurred at 2 a.m. Monday, was the biggest armed confrontation in the capital in weeks, according to residents. About a half dozen former rebels from Zintan city in the western mountains stormed into the hospital, said doctors.

Some of the former rebels were drunk and wanted staff to hand back a wounded fighter who had been shot earlier in the day, said the doctors. The former rebels wanted to kill the wounded man, but hospital staff declined to hand over the patient.

After fighters in charge of the Tripoli hospital threw out the former rebels, both groups called for backup, and fighting continued around the hospital grounds until 5 a.m. 

According to witnesses, both sides used heavy machine guns and anti-aircraft guns. […]

“Rivalry between brigades from different cities has not been resolved and it does now pose a threat to Libya’s security,” said Peter Cole, a Libya analyst with the International Crisis Group.  

“This suggests that the National Transitional Council needs to work harder with the militia groups to bring unity among them.”

The Associated Press reports that the U.N. has said it is ready to help Libya in its transition to democracy, including police training, preparations for elections and the drafting of a constitution.

FULL ARTICLE (GlobalPost)

Photo:Nichole Sobecki/GlobalPost