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Libya's Haftar urges deal on 'fair' distribution of oil revenues

Libya's Khalifa Hifter, the commander of the self-styled Libyan National Army at the International Defense Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi, on Feb. 20, 2023.   -  
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Are tensions once again flaring between Libya's rival governments?

Khalifa Haftar, the de facto ruler of the country's east, called for an equitable distribution of oil revenues on Monday (Jul.04).

He also set an end-of-August deadline for this be done, hinting at repercussions in the absence of a deal. Haftar has threatened on numerous occasions an armed blockade on oil exports.

Haftar urged to create a commission responsible for putting in place financial arrangements.

He was making an address before his troops in Rajma (25 km east of Benghazi) in his headquarters.

Oil revenues, the country’s main source of income is often at the heart of disputes between the camps.

The revenues are managed by the National Oil Company and the Central Bank, based in Tripoli.

Libya’s oil revenues rose to $22.01 billion in 2022.

Since 2011, the country has been rocked by divisions between the east and west where parallel governments are based. The UN only recognises the Tripoli-based administration.

Libya is home to Africa’s largest oil reserves.

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