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Dec 15, 2013

East Libyan autonomy leader says will not reopen ports, challenges Tripoli

AJDABIYA/TRIPOLI, Libya, Dec 15 (Reuters) – The leader of a
movement pushing for greater autonomy in eastern Libya said on
Sunday he would not end the blockade of several oil-exporting
ports, dashing hopes of a resolution to a three-month standoff
with the Tripoli government.

The announcement was a blow to Prime Minister Ali Zeidan who
had said he expected the blockage to end on Sunday after almost
two weeks of negotiations with eastern tribal leaders to free up
the vital trade.

Dec 11, 2013

Libya PM expects ports to reopen, rejects autonomy chief

TRIPOLI, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Libya’s government expects
eastern tribes to reopen three oil ports this weekend as pledged
but refuses to deal with an autonomy movement demanding a share
of oil exports, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, tribal leaders blocking three eastern ports that
had shipped around 600,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil said
they would end the stoppage on Sunday but some also demanded the
government share oil exports.

Dec 10, 2013

East Libya separatists set Dec 15 date for oil deal

TRIPOLI, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Leaders of a movement seeking
autonomy for Libya’s eastern Cyrenaica region said on Tuesday
they could allow oil exports to resume on Sunday from several
ports if Tripoli meets their demands and allows the region to
take its share of crude.

Public pressure has been building on the movement seeking
autonomy in the oil-rich Cyrenaica to reopen the biggest oil
ports it seized as export have dried up the budget – Libya’s
lifeline.

Dec 3, 2013

Libya spends $7 billion from reserves to cover loss of oil revenues

TRIPOLI, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Libya has burned through $7
billion from its foreign currency reserves to offset the impact
of oil strikes, and will have to spend up to $6 billion more
this month to keep the country running, the deputy central bank
governor said.

If the strikes by armed militia members and tribesmen
continue to prevent exports, the central bank will restrict
access to dollars next year to safeguard the Libyan dinar, and
may consider a devaluation, Ali Mohamed Salem told Reuters.

Dec 2, 2013

Libya oil exports sink as protests, refinery demand bite

TRIPOLI, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Libya is exporting 130,000
barrels per day (bpd) of oil as strikes at its main ports and
fields coupled with domestic refinery demand keep shipments at a
fraction of July’s levels, the country’s deputy oil minister
said on Monday.

A mix of militias, tribesmen and political minorities
demanding a greater share of Libya’s oil wealth and more
political power have shut most oilfields and ports, cutting oil
output from 1.4 million bpd five months ago.

Nov 27, 2013

Libya struggles to pay salaries, more clashes erupt

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said on Wednesday his government will be unable to pay public salaries and may have to seek loans if armed militias blockading oilfields and ports continue to choke off crude shipments.

Zeidan’s warning and renewed armed clashes, including an attack on a centuries-old shrine near Tripoli, have added to a growing sense of chaos in the OPEC producer two years after the NATO-backed ouster of Muammar Gaddafi.

Nov 16, 2013

Dozens dead in clash with Libyan militiamen in Tripoli

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – At least 32 people were killed and almost 400 wounded in gun battles between Libyan militiamen and armed residents in Tripoli on Friday in some of the worst street fighting in the capital since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.

Prime Minister Ali Zeidan is struggling to control rival militias, Islamist militants and other former fighters who refuse to surrender their arms two years after helping to oust Gaddafi in a NATO-backed revolt.

Nov 15, 2013

13 people killed, more than 130 wounded in Tripoli clashes – state news agency

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Six people were killed and dozens more wounded in clashes between militiamen and armed residents in the capital Tripoli on Friday, state television said, in a further challenge to Libya’s weak government.

The third outbreak of street fighting within 10 days underscored Libya’s struggle to contain regional militias that helped overthrow Muammar Gaddafi two years ago but kept their guns. Armed disorder has blocked most oil exports for months.

Nov 15, 2013

Libyan militiamen, Tripoli residents battle, six dead

TRIPOLI, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Six people were killed and
dozens more wounded in clashes between militiamen and armed
residents in the capital Tripoli on Friday, state television
said, in a further challenge to Libya’s weak government.

The third outbreak of street fighting within 10 days
underscored Libya’s struggle to contain regional militias that
helped overthrow Muammar Gaddafi two years ago but kept their
guns. Armed disorder has blocked most oil exports for months.

Nov 15, 2013

Turmoil costs Libya 3 billion pounds, hits power supply, officials say

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Protests at oil ports have cost Libya more than $6 billion (3 billion pounds) 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.

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