New Libyan ambassador due in Paris by year's end
The new Libyan ambassador to Paris, Khaled Kagigi, will officially take up his post next week. He replaces Hamed Ahmed Elhouderi, who had been in office since 2018.
Appointed by the House of Representatives in Tobruk and allied with the strongman of the east, Khalifa Haftar, Prime Minister Fathi Bachagha is trying to convince Turkey to withdraw its support for Abdelhamid Dabaiba, who refuses to give up his position.
With billions of dollars of oil revenues in its coffers, the politically powerful Central Bank of Libya has been presided over for a decade by the unbudgeable Al Seddik Omar Al Kabir. It recently began the process of reuniting with its breakaway branch in eastern Libya and found itself straight away in the middle of the tug-of-war between Abdelhamid Dabaiba and Fathi Bachagha for the premiership.
The Misrata Free Zone, a true state within a state, is both the port of entry to the Libyan market and the bastion of entrepreneurship in the war-torn country. Since September, this potent business hub prized by those fighting for control of the country has been led by Mohsen Sgoutri, whose powerful network allows him to stand up to the Tripoli government and develop his own business diplomacy, especially towards Turkey.