GNA grants SDF more powers; impact on security unclear - May 14

This week, the Government of National Accord’s (GNA) Presidential Council (PC) issued a decree codifying the disbandment of the Special Deterrence Force (SDF) and ordering the formation of the Deterrence Apparatus for Combating Organized Crime and Terrorism, which remains under the Ministry of Interior (MoI).

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Libya National Oil Company NOC could challenge Total-Marathon Waha acquisition - April 30

The week was marked by growing controversy and rhetoric over French energy company Total’s recentlyannounced 450 million USD acquisition of US Marathon Oil’s 16.33 Waha concession shares..

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Hassi a likely successor to lead the Libya National Army (LNA) as Haftar remains absent - April 23

This week uncertainty continued to prevail over Haftar’s health condition, though there has been mounting evidence to suggest he was indeed incapacitated and negotiations are underway to find a successor. Meanwhile, in Tripoli, Al-Bugra militia targeted Mitiga Airport twice with mortar shells, in what could be a precursor to further attacks.

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