Tag Archives | General National Congress

D&M Won Lobbying Contract for Tobruk Govt

By John Lee. Montreal-based consultancy firm Dickens & Madson has filed a disclosure with the US Department of Justice listing Libya's Tobruk-based government as a client. The recently-filed Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) documents state that in late 2015 the company agreed a $6-million deal to act on behalf of the House of Representatives, President […]

No Agreement Yet on Leon’s Proposals

A meeting of the House of Representatives (HoR) broke up on Monday evening without making a decision on whether to accept the draft peace agreement or the proposed names for the Presidential Council, reports Libya Herald. The meeting, which started late as there were insufficient members present to make up a quorum, heard criticism from […]

Head of Islamist Tripoli Gov't Fired

The Prime Minister of the Tripoli-based General Government Congress (GNC), Omar al-Hassi, has been sacked. BBC News reports that MPs voted to oust him on Tuesday following allegations he misled parliament about government finances. He had been appointed in August to lead an alternative government after Islamist militia seized the capital. A spokesman for the GNC told […]

US Denies it Recognises GNC

The United States has confirmed that it does not recognize Libya's Government of National Salvation (GNS), also known as the General National Congress (GNC). State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki (pictured) told reporters on Monday: "The United States Government does not recognize the Government of National Salvation, GNS, in Libya, and is not engaged with any […]

OPEC Picks a Side in Libyan Conflict

Before the annual summit of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna last week, it was not clear which of the two rival Libyan governments would be invited to attend the gathering. According to a report from Middle East Eye, both the government of Prime Minister Abdulla al-Thinni in Tobruk and another, led by a […]

GNC Hires Canada-based Lobbyist

Montreal-based consultancy firm Dickens & Madson has filed a disclosure with the US Department of Justice listing a company “supervised by Libya’s GNC government in Tripoli” as a client. The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) documents state that the construction company Anayurt has paid D&M $2 million to lobby the US and other governments: “[Dickens […]

Leon Visits Tobruk to Back Parliament

UN special envoy Bernardino Leon visited Tobruk on Monday in a show of support for Libya's elected parliament, the House of Representatives. The move comes as a rival assembly was set up by armed groups that took control of Tripoli last month. The House was elected in June and its previous name, the General National […]

New Parliament Opens

The Libyan parliament convened for the first time on Monday, a move welcomed by the United Nations mission assisting the country which said it hopes that the politicians can lead the north African nation away from continuing bloody battles in Tripoli and Benghazi. “This step reflects the genuine will of the Libyan people to see […]