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East Libyans threaten to stop oil

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A Libyan politician campaigning for greater autonomy for the country’s east said his movement could resort to blocking oil supplies if the central government failed to meet its demands for more seats in the national assembly.

Civic leaders from the east of Libya, known as Cyrenaica, launched a push to create a federal Libya earlier this month, posing a challenge to the country’s fragile cohesion after last year’s overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.

“We may be forced to stop oil flow,” Bubaker Buera, a founder of the Congress of the People of Cyrenaica, said on Tuesday.

The eastern part of Libya is home to more than 80 percent of the country’s oil wealth, and has been given 60 out of 200 seats in the national assembly. The Congress has called for a third of the seats.

Representatives to the national assembly will be elected in June, in the country’s first elections since the ouster of Gaddafi in a NATO-backed rebellion.

Residents of eastern Libya say Gaddafi had marginalised the region, home to Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city and the birthplace of the revolution.

Bubaker told Reuters he wanted a fairer representation for the eastern region which is home to about 2 million of Libya’s 6 million people.

Reuters



3 Comments on "East Libyans threaten to stop oil"

  1. dsula on Tue, 27th Mar 2012 9:31 pm 

    Come on, Buba, stop the flow.

  2. Bill T on Wed, 28th Mar 2012 3:05 am 

    Go for it! ^_^

  3. pete on Wed, 28th Mar 2012 3:27 am 

    stick our nose in afgan, -hithole now.
    stick our nose in iraq, -hithole now.
    stick our nose in libya, -hithole now.
    stick our nose in syria, -hithole now.
    stick our nose in iran, -hithole now.
    DO YOU SEE THE TREND PEOPLE! WAKE UP !
    THE OIL AND ARMS OWNERS ARE QUITE LITERALLY MAKING A KILLING OFF OF US.
    Dem or rep, lib or pc it does not matter they are all the same. all owned by the same type .1%. Here in canada we have the Canadian Action Party, that no one has heard about, but alot like Ron Paul in the US. Check out the CAP, I see them as even better than Ron.

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