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Libya's oil: a source of further tension?

Struggle over oil wealth remains at the heart of the latest political crisis unfolding in the North African nation.

Last updated: 12 Mar 2014 18:53
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Former Libyan prime minister Ali Zeidan has fled to Europe after he was voted out of office on Tuesday. Zeidan is accused of failing to stop rebels exporting oil independently from a port under their control.

Libyan deputies pushed for a no-confidence vote after the tanker managed to escape from Es Sider port, one of three major export terminals the government has lost to the rebels.

There are serious concerns about the conflict over oil wealth in Libya as rebels in the east of the country demand autonomy in this oil-rich area long neglected by Muammar Gaddafi.

So, could oil trigger a civil war in Libya?

Presenter: Mike Hanna

Guests: Fatima Hamroush: former minister of health for the Libyan Transitional Government

Mohamed Eljarh: Libya transition blogger for Foreign Policy Magazine


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