TRIPOLI, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Protests at oil ports have cost
Libya more than $6 billion and started hitting power supplies in
the North African country, where political chaos is also
affecting funding for wheat imports, officials said on Thursday.
Tribes, armed militias and members of the Berber minority
have seized most oil ports and fields since August to demand
more rights or better pay, adding to chaos in Libya two years
after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.
TRIPOLI, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Libya needs to pay debts to
wheat importers that have been piling up for more than a year to
ensure it can secure future flour supplies, though there is no
risk of a bread shortage for months, its economy minister said.
The North African country faces difficulties in making big
deals to buy wheat due to payment problems, political turmoil
and infighting between the government and parliament, industry
BENGHAZI, Libya, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Shop assistants showcase
elegant Italian menswear, next door a fast food restaurant
buzzes with customers, and nearby a German sportswear shop hawks
the latest high-end running shoes.
The scene could be downtown New York or Milan if not for the
occasional gun battles, car bombs and bearded Islamist fighters
flourishing rifles and fundamentalist beliefs.
TRIPOLI, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Libya’s Berber minority will
boycott a committee to draft a new national constitution, the
election commission said, in a move that complicate attempts to
end oil and gas protests which have dented output.
Members of the Berber, or Amazigh, minority have halted gas
exports to Italy and also stopped part of Libyan oil exports by
occupying the Mellitah port in western Libya to demand more
rights for their long-oppressed people.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s Berber minority will boycott a committee to draft a new national constitution, Berber leaders and the election commission said, in a move that complicates attempts to end oil and gas protests.
Members of the Berber, or Amazigh, minority have halted gas exports to Italy and also stopped a part of Libyan oil exports by occupying the Mellitah port in western Libya to demand more rights for their long-oppressed people.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Protesters have shut Libya’s gas export pipeline to Italy, its only customer, demanding more rights for the Amazigh, or Berber, minority and depriving the weak government of a major source of income.
The closure worsens turmoil in Libya where Prime Minister Ali Zeidan warned on Sunday that the government might face budget problems next month after protesters cut oil production to a fraction of its capacity.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya may find it difficult to cover its budget expenditure from next month and could lose Italy as a gas and oil business partner unless strikes blocking oil ports and fields end, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said on Sunday.
A mix of militias, tribes and civil servants seeking political rights or higher pay have seized oil ports and fields across the OPEC producer, knocking down output to a fraction of its capacity of 1.25 million barrels a day.
MELLITAH PORT, Libya (Reuters) – After seizing a Libyan port and halting oil exports, former army officer Adel al-Falu has set his sights on a more drastic protest to win rights for his ethnic Amazigh people – shutting off the gas tap which supplies Italy.
Long oppressed by former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, the Amazigh minority, or Berbers, were quick to join the NATO-backed uprising in 2011 which overthrew him.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Anti-aircraft gunfire and grenade blasts erupted in several parts of Tripoli late on Thursday, the second time this week that fighting between rival militia groups has rocked the Libyan capital.
A security source told Reuters that a heavily-armed group from the central city of Misrata had entered the capital to take revenge for one of its fighters who was killed in a shootout in Tripoli on Tuesday.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Payments problems, chaos and corruption are hampering Libyan importers from making big deals to buy wheat, another setback as the country spins out of control two years after dictator Muammar Gaddafi was toppled by rebels and NATO warplanes.
In the latest disruption, the biggest wheat importer Mahatan Tripoli, which supplies most of the capital’s bread, says it may have to put off its next major wheat purchase unless the state starts paying it nearly $100 million owed for previous imports.