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Feb 19, 2014

Libyans vote for constitution body amid rising political tensions

TRIPOLI, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Libyans head to the polls on
Thursday to elect a body to draft a new constitution, marking a
step in the country’s transition after the overthrow of dictator
Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Western powers hope a peaceful vote will help move the North
African country a bit closer towards democracy but it comes at a
time of heightened political tensions.

Feb 18, 2014

Libyan militias threaten parliament, deploy forces in Tripoli

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Two heavily armed Libyan militias demanded on Tuesday the country’s parliament hand over power immediately in what the head of the assembly dismissed as an attempted coup that would be confronted by the army if necessary.

Tuesday’s deadline of five hours from the statement issued by the al-Sawaiq and al-Qaqa militia brigades passed without incident but they said they had troops on standby to force the hand of the General National Congress (GNC).

Feb 18, 2014

Libyan militias threaten parliament, protesters close airport

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Two heavily armed Libyan militias demanded on Tuesday the country’s parliament hand over power immediately in what the head of the assembly dismissed as an attempted coup that would be confronted by the army if necessary.

Tuesday’s deadline of five hours from the statement issued by the al-Sawaiq and al-Qaqa militia brigades passed without incident but they said they had troops on standby to force the hand of the General National Congress (GNC).

Jan 30, 2014

Support crumbles in east Libya for oil blockade leader

AJDABIYA, Libya (Reuters) – Support is ebbing in east Libya for a six month blockade of its three oil ports, and for former rebel commander Ibrahim al-Jathran whose force led the seizure.

Even Jathran’s own tribe and leaders in its hometown speak angrily about getting exports flowing again as capital Tripoli warns it may no longer be able to pay public salaries because the blockade has slashed oil revenues.

Jan 28, 2014

Exclusive: Libyan port rebels see deal possible within weeks

AJDABIYA, Libya (Reuters) – A deal to lift an armed blockade of Libyan oil ports and restart exports could be possible within two weeks after talks with the government advanced on key demands, a senior leader of the protest movement said.

The group, led by a former rebel who once battled leader Muammar Gaddafi, seized three major eastern ports in summer to demand a greater share of oil wealth and more regional autonomy, choking off 600,000 barrels per day of oil exports.

Jan 28, 2014

Libyan port rebels see deal possible within weeks

AJDABIYA, Libya, Jan 28 (Reuters) – A deal to lift an armed
blockade of Libyan oil ports and restart exports could be
possible within two weeks after talks with the government
advanced on key demands, a senior leader of the protest movement
said.

The group, led by a former rebel who once battled leader
Muammar Gaddafi, seized three major eastern ports in summer to
demand a greater share of oil wealth and more regional autonomy,
choking off 600,000 barrels per day of oil exports.

Jan 18, 2014

Libyan planes attack unruly militias in south, army on alert

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan war planes attacked targets in the restive south on Saturday after gunmen stormed an air force base and the government ordered in ground troops following days of skirmishes between rival tribesmen and militias.

Western powers fear the OPEC producer could slide into further instability as the government struggles to contain heavily-armed militias, tribesmen and Islamists who helped to topple Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but refuse to disarm.

Jan 18, 2014

Libya sends troops to restive south; armed forces on alert

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya ordered troops to the restive south on Saturday after gunmen stormed an air force base, and parliament put the armed forces on alert following days of skirmishes between rival tribesmen and militias.

Highlighting turmoil in the North African country, two Italian construction workers were kidnapped by unknown attackers in the east.

Jan 8, 2014

Libya will sue, cut off firms buying oil from seized ports

TRIPOLI, Jan 8 (Reuters) – Libya will take to court any
foreign firms trying to buy oil from eastern ports seized by
armed protesters and stop doing business with them, its oil
minister said on Wednesday.

Tensions between the Tripoli government and an armed
grouping controlling three eastern oil ports escalated when the
navy fired on Sunday at a tanker trying to load crude in
Es-Sider, one of the occupied terminals.

Jan 8, 2014

Libya’s PM warns may sink oil tankers nearing east ports

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan warned oil tankers to stay away from eastern terminals seized by armed protesters or they could be sunk, as a confrontation over control of Libya’s crude escalated.

The warning came on Wednesday after Libya’s navy fired warning shots at the weekend to ward off a tanker that the state-run National Oil Corp. (NOC) said had attempted to load crude at one port that has been out of government control for six months.

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