Libyan forces said to leave bases near oil ports; hopes they may reopen

March 27, 2015 5:22 PM

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BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Forces loyal to a rival Libyan government controlling the capital Tripoli have withdrawn from frontline bases near the country's biggest oil ports, a spokesman said on Friday, raising hopes the ports might soon be reopened.

A Tripoli official said the internationally recognized government and the rival administration, which have fought since December over the two biggest oil exports in eastern Libya, had reached an agreement to withdraw. He did not say whether troops had been moved yet.

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