In Libya, Political Unity Starts With Oil

Jan 15, 2016 | 22:41 GMT
A Libyan security employee patrols al-Ghani oil field in the central Al-Jufrah province.

The two rival bureaus of Libya's National Oil Corp., based in Tripoli and Bayda respectively, are squaring off in a dispute that threatens to derail the country's new unity government before it even takes power. The threat of the Islamic State certainly provides an impetus for both sides of the National Oil Corp. to unite; it is what drove the creation of the U.N.-brokered unity government in the first place. Still, the underlying fractures that have kept Libyan exports intermittent since the fall of Moammar Gadhafi will remain unresolved, and disputes will persist. ...

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