Struggle over Libya's oil risks breaking up country: rival PM

November 28, 2014 1:40 PM

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Struggle over Libya's oil risks breaking up country: rival PM

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's self-proclaimed prime minister has warned that attempts by a rival government in the east to assert control over the oil industry could escalate the political conflict dividing the OPEC member state and force it to break in two.

Libya has had two governments competing for power since August when a group called Operation Libya Dawn, which opponents say is backed by Islamists, seized Tripoli and forced the elected Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni to flee 1,000 km to a small city near the border with Egypt.

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