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Libyan political dialogue forum in Tunisia: appointment of radicals to leadership positions will lead to a new crisis in the country​

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On November 9, the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum ​ started in Tunis. It is organized by the United Nations Support​ Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), led by American diplomat Stephanie Williams. The Forum participants are tasked with reaching an agreement that will restore the unity of the country and schedule General elections. In addition, the Forum participants need to choose a new head of the Presidential Council and a Prime Minister who will lead the country until new elections are held.

On November 9, the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum ​ started in Tunis. It is organized by the United Nations Support​ Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), led by American diplomat Stephanie Williams. The Forum participants are tasked with reaching an agreement that will restore the unity of the country and schedule General elections. In addition, the Forum participants need to choose a new head of the Presidential Council and a Prime Minister who will lead the country until new elections are held.

​At the moment, there is little news from the Forum. Since the UN requires participants to limit communication with the outside world as much as possible. The incoming information allows us to conclude that at the moment the Forum participants are far from unified positions. Libya 24 TV channel reported on Tuesday that during the talks at the Forum in Tunis, differences were revealed regarding the representation of regions in the dialogue, despite Stephanie Williams ‘ attempt to defuse the situation and calm the participants. The problem is the basic approach of the organizers. The UN is trying to impose ready-made solutions on Libyans, instead of allowing them to decide their own fate. In this regard, in Tripoli, there are already demonstrations by militias who are dissatisfied with the Forum (https://www.jana-ly.co/%d8%a8%d8%a7%d8%af%d9%8a-%d9%8a%d8%a4%d8%ac%d8%ac-%d8%aa%d8%b8%d8%a7%d9%87%d8%b1%d8%a7%d8%aa-%d8%b7%d8%b1%d8%a7%d8%a8%d9%84%d8%b3-%d8%b6%d8%af-%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%ad%d9%88%d8%a7%d8%b1-%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%b3/).

It should be recalled that from the very beginning, ​ Libyan and international experts had questions about the selection of forum participants (https://www.libyaherald.com/2020/10/26/unsmils-libyan-political-dialogue-forum-lpdf-participant-list-receiving-criticism/). ​ There are 75 participants, all of whom have been approved by UNSMIL. The principal requirement was that participants should not hold public office at the time of the event. As a result, out of 75 participants, 13 were delegated by the House of representatives, 13 by the High Council of State, and 49 were selected by UNSMIL itself as representatives of civil society. In this regard, when the list of participants was announced, there were accusations that the participants had not significant political influence in Libya itself and could not represent the interests of Libyans. For example, it was reported that the absence of representatives of the city of Tarhouna, which, according to the source, is home to more than a third of the population of Libya and which is one of the largest Libyan cities, is causing discontent. At the same time, it is reported that a disproportionately large number of participants represent the interests of Misrata. In addition, the Supreme Council of Sheikhs and Notables of Libya has already expressed concern that 45 participants in the political dialogue Forum were associated with the Muslim Brotherhood (https://thearabweekly.com/libyan-tribes-wary-about-brotherhoods-dominance-tunis-talks).

In this regard, the Deputies of the House of representatives made a joint statement on November 10, in which they stated that they would not approve of the mechanism for selecting participants in the dialogue.

Against this background, the Forum participants do not agree on who will take key positions in the new government of Libya.

Al-Jamahiriya News Agency, citing its own sources, reports that a large number of Forum participants insist on a complete restructuring of the Executive branch of government, the transfer of the post of head of the Presidential Council to Aguila Saleh and the choice of a Prime Minister from the Western region. Fayez Sarraj and his representatives took the position that he would remain as head of the Presidential Council when appointing the Prime Minister from the East and his Deputy from the South. Other configurations are also discussed. At the moment, it is difficult to talk about a coordinated position even on the list of candidates for the positions of members of the Government and the Presidential Council of Libya.

The Forum may not lead to a compromise, but the procedure developed by Stephanie Williams allows to make it declaratively and appoint a new government that will be considered “recognized by the UN”. In this regard, it is highly likely that the names of the head of the Presidential Council and the Prime Minister will be announced within the next 10 days.

This very prospect raises doubts that the leading domestic political players will agree with the directive imposition of the new leadership of Libya by the UN. Anyone who is de facto appointed by the UN will be illegitimate in the eyes of most Libyans. In addition, due to the wide representation of members of the Muslim Brotherhood organization at the forum, there is a danger of radical political players coming to key positions.

The most destructive could be considered a figure of the Minister of interior in the Government of National Accord ​ Fathi Bashagha​ . He is one of the likely candidates for the post of Prime Minister. If he comes to power, there is a high probability of a new political or even military crisis. This is due to the fact that he has open conflict with Tripoli gangs. For example, a few days ago, Al-Marsad published a statement from the Tripoli Protection Force controlled by the Presidential Council, which reported that “Fathi Bashagha works as if he is the head of Government or the Minister of foreign Affairs. Travels from country to country, using his official position to get a “new post”. ​

In addition, his subordinates are accused of corruption and various crimes, links with the Muslim Brotherhood and radical Salafists. A few months ago, he was suspended from his post because his subordinates had took part in the shooting of peaceful demonstrators in Tripoli who opposed the deterioration of the quality of life.

In this regard, even if the Libyan military on both sides will comply with the signed ceasefire agreement, if Bashagha comes to power at the head of the Government, it is likely that the hot phase of the conflict in Western Libya will return in the form of a war between gangs. This, in turn, can put an end to all the results of the political process currently taking place in Libya. The entry of Fathi Bashagha, as well as any other controversial candidate, would be acceptable if it were a question of winning the Libyan General election, but when it comes to the appointment following the procedure, the controversial points of which were indicated above, there are unjustified risks.

The logical way out of this situation, allowing a real, rather than a declarative political process in Libya and preparing the ground for elections and the appointment of a permanent Libyan government, is to refuse to appoint controversial and radical candidates, which will allow achieving stability. Both Libyans themselves and foreign actors, especially the European Union, are interested in appointing a technocratic leadership. In this case, Libya will be able to overcome the difficult transition period and organize General elections, which will finally elect a government that fully represents the interests of society.

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It seemed everyone turned heads on the red carpet of the ‘No Time to Die’ premiere.

On Tuesday, the latest “James Bond” movie held a premiere in London, where it saw the likes of its stars such as Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Rami Malek walking the red carpet.

“No Time to Die” marks the 25th movie in the “James Bond” franchise, and also Craig’s fifth time playing James Bond. According to Craig, this marks his last “Bond” film.

De Armas and Seydoux both stunned in custom Louis Vuitton creations. Seydoux wore an ivory silk cape gown embroidered with silver paillettes and crystals, paired with sandals. She finished off the look with a clean pixie hairstyle and a bold red lip. De Armas wore a black velvet dress with a plunging neckline, thigh-high slit and straps embroidered with crystals and silver paillettes, as well as custom sandals. Her hair was in a short bob with bangs and she opted for a more natural makeup look.

Lynch looked glamorous in a strapless, bright yellow Vivienne Westwood couture gown featuring a black underlay peeking at the bottom. She topped off the look with a simple jeweled choker. Harris wore a white sequined gown by Michael Kors featuring a cutout design on her midriff, an Omega watch and wore an Ana Khouri  jeweled headpiece over her hair.

The royal family also made a special appearance at the movie premiere with Prince Charles; the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles; Prince William, and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, walking the red carpet. For the occasion, Middleton dazzled in a gold sequined Jenny Packham gown.

Craig wore a dark pink velour suit jacket and a bowtie, while Malek kept it simple with a Prada black wool and mohair tuxedo featuring a shawl lapel, a white stretch poplin tuxedo shirt and a black satin bow-tie.

Cary Joji Fukunaga, the film’s director, also kept it simple — but sharp — in a velour black tuxedo suit with dark gray dress pants and black-and-white loafers. Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who was one of the film’s screenwriters, wore a black sequined Azzaro jumpsuit with a beige-colored cape.

Billie Eilish, fresh off a weekend of performances in New York City, also attended alongside her brother Finneas O’Connell wearing an all-black outfit by Gucci. Eilish sings the film’s theme song, also called “No Time to Die.”

Celebrities including tennis player Emma Raducanu, rapper Stormzy, English football player Harry Kane, Hans Zimmer, Jason Momoa, Michelle Yeoh, Dame Judi Dench, Jonathan Majors and Spice Girls singer Geri Halliwell were also present.

Click through the above gallery to see celebrities at the “No Time to Die” premiere.

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Celine Dion’s storied life is getting the documentary treatment.

The iconic singer shared on her official website on Tuesday that she is working on an official documentary about her personal life and career. Dion is working with Sony Music Entertainment and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Irene Taylor on the project.

“I’ve always been an open book with my fans, and with her sensitivity and thoughtful creativity I think that Irene will be able to show everyone a part of me that they haven’t seen before,” Dion said in a statement. “I know she’ll tell my story in the most honest and heartfelt way.”

Specific details on the documentary have not been revealed, however, the film will cover the singer’s life and career accomplishments, including her many awards, world tours and Las Vegas residencies.

Dion has been a prominent figure in the music industry for more than 40 years, winning five Grammy Awards, two Academy Awards and the 2016 Billboard Music Award Lifetime Achievement Award, among other accolades. While she has many hit songs, Dion is best known for her 1997 song, “My Heart Will Go On,” which was featured in the beloved film, “Titanic.”

The documentary is expected to cover Dion’s personal struggles, namely the death of her husband René Angélil in 2016. The couple was married for 21 years and share three sons: René-Charles, Eddy and Nelson Angélil.

In addition to her singing career, Dion has become a much-watched style star over the years, especially her recent appearances at Paris Fashion Week where she’s paid homage to “Titanic” with looks from Vetements.

A release date for the documentary has not yet been revealed. News of the documentary comes a day after the Celine Dion biopic, “Aline,” — which is loosely based on the singer’s life — revealed it will be released in the U.S. early next year.

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Tag zwei nach der Wahl: Den ersten Machtkampf hat Laschet überstanden

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Tag zwei nach der Bundestagswahl: Laschet ist noch im Amt, Brinkhaus als Fraktionschef wiedergewählt, Merkel wirkt desinteressiert. Söder erklärt die Ampel für wahrscheinlich und gratuliert Scholz, während Laschet den SPD-Kanzlerkandidaten als schlechten Koalitionär darstellt.

Der erste große Machtkampf nach der Niederlage der Union bei der Bundestagswahl vom vergangenen Sonntag ist friedlich zu Ende gegangen: Ralph Brinkhaus wurde als Chef der gemeinsamen Fraktion von CDU und CSU im Bundestag bestätigt, wenn auch nicht für ein Jahr, wie das normalerweise vorgesehen wäre.

CDU-Chef Armin Laschet wollte ursprünglich durchsetzen, dass Brinkhaus nur kommissarisch im Amt bleibt, bis zur ersten Sitzung des neugewählten Bundestags in einem Monat. Brinkhaus lehnte das ab und wurde darin von der CSU unterstützt. Landesgruppenchef Alexander Dobrindt, der bereits am Nachmittag in seinem Amt bestätigt worden war, sagte im Anschluss an eine Sitzung der CSU-Bundestagsabgeordneten, er werde nicht zustimmen, dass der Unionsfraktionsvorsitzende “nur für vier oder sechs Wochen” gewählt werden solle. Neben ihm stand dabei der CSU-Vorsitzende Markus Söder, der erklärte, es sei wichtig, “dass wir arbeitsfähig sind”. Zwischen Söder und Laschet wurde in dieser Frage am Dienstag ein Kompromiss erzielt: Brinkhaus wird gewählt, aber nur für sechs Monate bis Ende April.

In der Frage des Fraktionsvorsitzes ging es für Laschet um folgendes: Der Posten ist, wenn die Union in die Opposition gehen muss, eines der wenigen Ämter, das CDU und CSU in Berlin noch zu vergeben haben. Neben Brinkhaus gibt es dafür mehrere Interessenten. Entsprechende Ambitionen werden den nordrhein-westfälischen CDU-Politikern Jens Spahn, Friedrich Merz und Norbert Röttgen nachgesagt.

Arbeitsfähig muss die Fraktion sein, weil die Union darauf hofft, dass Sondierungsgespräche mit Grünen und FDP stattfinden. Am Abend machten sowohl Brinkhaus als auch Dobrindt deutlich, dass dann auf jeden Fall die Fraktion beteiligt werden müsse – also sie selbst.

Beide betonten, dass sie in etwaigen Jamaika-Sondierungen “nicht jeden Kompromiss mitmachen” würden, “sondern wir wollen unseren Markenkern halten”, wie Brinkhaus sagte. Dobrindt sagte, es könne keinen “Ausverkauf der Positionen” geben. Die Beteiligung der Fraktion diene “der Sicherung des Markenkerns von CDU und CSU in den Verhandlungen”. Das klang sehr danach, als gebe es ein gewisses Misstrauen gegen andere potenzielle Verhandler – offenbar gegen Laschet. Ausdrücklich infrage gestellt wurde der CDU-Chef allerdings weder von Brinkhaus noch von Dobrindt. Unter der Hand äußern sich Unionsabgeordnete jedoch skeptisch, was seine politische Zukunft angeht.

“Merkel war nur am Handy”

Zuvor war Brinkhaus von 85 Prozent der neugewählten Unionsabgeordneten zum Fraktionschef gewählt worden, seine Amtszeit endet am 30. April 2022. Er wolle sich aber “weiter bemühen”, den Job auch danach zu machen. An der Sitzung der Fraktion nahmen auch Abgeordnete der vergangenen Legislaturperiode teil, die ihr Mandat verloren haben. Die ebenfalls anwesende Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel meldete sich nicht zu Wort. Sie sei “nur am Handy” gewesen und habe “völlig desinteressiert” gewirkt, sagte ein Teilnehmer.

Brinkhaus zufolge gab es “eine sehr sachliche Aussprache” und wiederholte auf Nachfrage, er habe die Aussprache “eigentlich relativ sachlich” gefunden. “Sicherlich war die eine oder andere Enttäuschung auch dabei, da brauchen wir uns nichts vormachen.” Er selbst hatte nach Angaben von Teilnehmern in der Sitzung gesagt, der Spitzenkandidat sei bei den Wählerinnen und Wähler nicht angekommen. Laschet entschuldigte sich bei den abgewählten Abgeordneten und räumte Fehler ein. Mit Blick auf Regierungschancen der Union sagte er, es gebe “starke Signale” der FDP in Richtung Union. Wie Olaf Scholz mit Koalitionspartnern umgehe, habe man in Hamburg sehen können, als er dort eine Regierung geführt habe.

Wie es zu Gesprächen mit Grünen und FDP kommen soll, blieb am Dienstagabend offen. Söder hatte am Nachmittag noch SPD-Kanzlerkandidat Olaf Scholz dazu gratuliert, dass er mehr Stimmen bei der Bundestagswahl erhalten hatte als die Union. Einen solchen öffentlichen Glückwunsch gab es von Laschet an die SPD bislang nicht. “Die besten Chancen, Kanzler zu werden, hat derzeit Olaf Scholz, eindeutig”, sagte Söder außerdem. Dobrindt sagte bei diesem Auftritt einen Satz, der als scharfe Kritik an Laschet verstanden werden muss: Es sei “ein sehr, sehr schwieriges Wahlergebnis, es ist eine Niederlage für die Union und es ist eine der unnötigsten Niederlagen der vergangenen Jahrzehnte”.

Trotz alledem gebe es “eine kleine Möglichkeit”, dass die Ampel nicht komme, und darauf müsse die Union sich vorbereiten. Brinkhaus stimmte Söders Ausführungen vom Nachmittag am Abend ausdrücklich zu, sagte aber auch, die Union werde “Gespräche anbieten”. Dobrindt forderte schnelle Verhandlungen. Es könne nur einen “sehr, sehr schmalen Zeitplan” für Sondierungen geben, “wir reden hier von wenigen Wochen”. Einen Zeitplan gibt es aber nicht. “Unser Angebot steht”, sagte Brinkhaus, “jetzt schauen wir mal, was in den nächsten Tagen passiert.”

Beim gemeinsamen Auftritt von Brinkhaus und Dobrindt waren Laschet und Söder nicht dabei. Laschet sagte nach der Sitzung der Unionsfraktion: “Wir werden jetzt in den nächsten Tagen mit FDP, mit Grünen sprechen. Unser Gesprächsangebot steht. Und ich denke, dass jetzt Sachgespräche unter Demokraten richtig sind.” Die Union habe die Wahl “nicht gewonnen”, so Laschet. In einer unübersichtlichen Lage wie dieser “muss jede demokratische Partei bereit sein, auch Verantwortung zu übernehmen. Und das sind wir”.

Unklar ist, wann die von Laschet angekündigten Gespräche stattfinden sollen. Er selbst fliegt am Mittwoch zurück nach Nordrhein-Westfalen, dort ist er noch immer Ministerpräsident.



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