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Mar 12, 2014

Libyan PM flees country after tanker escapes rebel-held port

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Former Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan sought refuge in Europe on Wednesday after parliament voted him out for failing to stop rebels independently exporting oil in a challenge to Libya’s fragile unity.

The crisis arose when protesters who have seized three eastern ports since August loaded crude onto a North Korean-flagged tanker at Es Sider terminal at the weekend.

Mar 12, 2014

Ousted Libyan PM flees country after tanker escapes rebel-held port

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Former Libyan prime minister Ali Zeidan has fled to Europe after parliament voted him out of office on Tuesday over his failure to stop rebels exporting oil independently in a brazen challenge to the nation’s fragile unity.

Zeidan was in Malta for two hours late on Tuesday on a short stop before going to “another European country”, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told state-owned television TVM.

Mar 11, 2014

Libyan parliament sacks PM after tanker escapes rebel-held port

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s parliament voted Prime Minister Ali Zeidan out of office on Tuesday after rebels humiliated the government by loading crude on a tanker that fled from naval forces, officials said, in a sign of the worsening chaos in the OPEC member state.

Libyan gunboats later chased the tanker along Libya’s eastern Mediterranean coast and opened fire, damaging it, a military spokesman said. Italian naval ships were helping move the tanker to a Libyan government-controlled port, he said. But Italy denied any of its vessels were in the area at the time and the reported firing incident could not be confirmed.

Mar 11, 2014

Libyan navy attacks ship carrying oil from rebel port; PM sacked

TRIPOLI/ES SIDER, Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s parliament voted Prime Minister Ali Zeidan out of office on Tuesday after a tanker loaded with oil from a rebel-held port escaped the navy, officials said.

Zeidan, a liberal weakened for months by infighting with Islamists, will be temporarily replaced by Defence Minister Abdallah al-Thinni, parliament spokesman Omar Hmeidan told reporters.

Mar 11, 2014

Libyan parliament sacks prime minister after rebels export oil

TRIPOLI/ES SIDER, Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s parliament voted Prime Minister Ali Zeidan out of office on Tuesday after a tanker loaded with oil from a rebel-held port escaped the navy, officials said.

Zeidan, a liberal weakened for months by infighting with Islamists, will be temporarily replaced by Defence Minister Abdallah al-Thinni, parliament spokesman Omar Hmeidan told reporters.

Mar 11, 2014

Libya says halts tanker outside rebel port; rebels deny it

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya on Monday stopped a North Korean-flagged tanker that had loaded oil from a rebel-held port, after naval forces briefly exchanged fire with the rebels, officials said.

But in a sign of the chaos and conflicting information typical for Libya, rebel leader Ibrahim Jathran denied in a televised statement broadcast from a ship that he had lost control of the oil tanker.

Mar 11, 2014

Libya says halts tanker outside rebel port, plans military offensive

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya on Monday stopped a North Korean-flagged tanker that had loaded oil from a rebel-held port, after naval forces briefly exchanged fire with the rebels, officials said.

They also said the government will assemble forces to “liberate” all occupied ports, raising the stakes over a blockage that has cut off vital oil revenue.

Mar 10, 2014

Libya orders military force to ‘liberate’ rebel-held ports

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s parliament has ordered a special force be sent within one week to “liberate” all rebel-held ports in the volatile east, officials said on Monday, raising the stakes over a blockage that has cut off vital oil revenues.

The conflict over oil wealth is increasing fears that Libya may slide deeper into chaos or even splinter as the fragile government fails to rein in dozens of militias that helped oust Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but now defy state authority.

Mar 10, 2014

North Korea-flagged ship finishes loading oil at Libya rebel port

TRIPOLI, March 10 (Reuters) – A North Korean-flagged tanker
has finished loading crude at the Libyan rebel-held port of Es
Sider but has not left the terminal, oil officials said on
Monday, after the government threatened to bomb the ship.

Tripoli has said it will attack the Morning Glory should the
tanker try sailing off with crude from the eastern port, one of
three seized by armed protesters demanding a greater share of
oil revenues and political autonomy.

Mar 10, 2014

Libyan rebels warn of ‘war’ if navy attacks oil tanker

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Armed protesters in eastern Libya traded threats with the government on Sunday in a tense stand-off over the unauthorised sale of oil from a rebel-held port.

A North Korean-flagged tanker, the Morning Glory, docked on Saturday at the port of Es Sider and local daily al-Wasat said it had loaded $36 million of crude oil. Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has said the military will bomb the 37,000-tonne vessel if it tries to leave.

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