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Oct 23, 2014

Libya’s oil to flow despite struggle between rival governments

CAIRO (Reuters) – A struggle has broken out for control of Libya’s state-run energy sector as rival governments in Tripoli and the east compete for power, but a common interest in maintaining oil revenues will keep exports flowing for now.

The OPEC producer has had two governments and parliaments since an armed group took control of Tripoli in August, appointing its own prime minister and taking over ministries as the country disintegrates three years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.

Oct 21, 2014

Rival Libyan PM meets Turkish envoy in first known meeting with foreign visitor

CAIRO/TUNIS (Reuters) – Libya’s self-declared prime minister, who runs a rival government not recognized by the international community, met a Turkish envoy on Tuesday, in the first publicly known diplomatic meeting with a foreign representative.

Libya has had two governments and parliaments competing for legitimacy since an armed group seized Tripoli in August. Omar al-Hasi, an Islamist, set up his own cabinet in the capital and forced the internationally recognized prime minister, Abdullah Thinni, to move to the east of the country

Oct 20, 2014

Gaddafi cousin hopes to participate in Libyan peace talks

CAIRO (Reuters) – A cousin and former aide of Muammar Gaddafi said he wants to take part in proposed talks aimed at bringing together Libya’s warring parties, in a rare bid by a member of the ex-ruler’s inner-circle to regain influence.

The Gaddafi family has kept a low profile since the 2011 uprising in which the leader was killed, ending 42 years of one-man rule. Rival armed groups have since battled for power, pushing the internationally-recognised government from the capital and raising fears of a full-scale civil war.

Oct 17, 2014

Two rival Libyan governments claim to control oil policy

CAIRO/BENGHAZI, Libya, Oct 17 (Reuters) – A self-styled
rival government controlling Libya’s capital announced its own
oil policies this week, drawing a rebuttal from Prime Minister
Abdullah al-Thinni who said oil revenues continued to go to the
elected government.

Libya is in turmoil, with two competing governments vying
for control after Operation Dawn, an umbrella of armed groups
from the western city of Misrata, seized Tripoli in August,
forcing Thinni’s government to withdraw to the east.

Oct 12, 2014

Libya’s overstretched border police struggle to secure border

MUSAID Libya (Reuters) – When the man in charge of Libya’s main border crossing with Egypt checks his staff rota every morning, he can count on a maximum of just 30 officers.

The tiny force polices the northern tip of a 1,115 km (700 mile) desert border, where Egypt and its Western allies hope to prevent Islamist militants infiltrating to join fellow fighters on Egyptian territory, or sneaking back into the lawless OPEC producer to find safe haven. But hampered by a lack of manpower and equipment, worsened by a breakdown in state authority following the 2011 downfall of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya’s border guards are struggling to contain the spreading anarchy.

Oct 2, 2014

Libya’s runaway parliament seeks refuge in Tobruk bubble

TOBRUK Libya (Reuters) – Trucks fitted with anti-aircraft cannon, troops and cement roadblocks protect the five-star hotel in Tobruk that is now the surreal last bastion of Libya’s fugitive parliament.

Holed up in the Dar al Salam seaside resort and pretending that all is normal, elected legislators debate laws and plan the future from the eastern city where they fled last month after losing control of Tripoli and much of the country.

Oct 2, 2014

Insight – Libya’s runaway parliament seeks refuge in Tobruk bubble

TOBRUK Libya (Reuters) – Trucks fitted with anti-aircraft cannon, troops and cement roadblocks protect the five-star hotel in Tobruk that is now the surreal last bastion of Libya’s fugitive parliament.

Holed up in the Dar al Salam seaside resort and pretending that all is normal, elected legislators debate laws and plan the future from the eastern city where they fled last month after losing control of Tripoli and much of the country.

Sep 29, 2014

Libya’s parliament holds crisis talks with rival assembly

TOBRUK, Libya, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Libya’s elected
parliament held U.N.-brokered talks with foes tied to a rival
assembly on Monday calling for a ceasefire by armed factions and
more dialogue to end a confrontation driving the OPEC member
state close to civil war.

The House of Representatives, the internationally recognised
parliament elected in June, was uprooted last month when an
armed group from the western city of Misrata took control of the
capital Tripoli and set up its own assembly and cabinet there.

Sep 28, 2014

Libya’s parliament to open dialogue with members from opposing city

TOBRUK Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s elected parliament will hold its first talks on Monday with members from an opposing city linked to a rival assembly, lawmakers said, starting a badly needed dialogue as the oil-producing country teeters on the edge of collapse.

The House of Representatives, the internationally recognized parliament elected in June, was uprooted last month when an armed group from the western city of Misrata took control of the capital Tripoli and set up its own assembly and cabinet there.

Sep 25, 2014

Libya’s oil output up to 925,000 bpd, Hariga port back

TOBRUK, Libya, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Libya’s oil output has
risen further, pushing world oil prices lower, defying the chaos
of more fighting between the factions that divide the country
and a government driven from the capital.

Crude output has reached 925,000 barrels per day (bpd), a
spokesman for the National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on
Thursday, the highest since before militias turned on each after
the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.

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