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Libya’s websites in hands of rebels

A SELF-declared Libyan government set up by an armed group that seized the capital in August has taken over the websites of the state government and the national oil company, adding to confusion over who is running the country.

With Libya’s official government and parliament now operating from towns hundreds of miles east of Tripoli, the armed group, from the western city of Misrata has taken control of key ministry buildings.

And now the website of Prime Minister Abdullah Thinni – who now sits with his cabinet in the eastern city of Bayda – shows the picture of the man the Misrata rebels have declared as prime minister, Omar al-Hasi, and lists the names of his team.

The group, which calls itself the National Salvation government, has also taken over the website of the National Oil Corp. Next to tender offers, the website features the picture of the self-declared government’s oil minister.

Libya’s neighbours and Western powers fear the conflict between the rival governments could drag the Opec member into civil war. While Thinni’s government has relocated to Bayda, the elected House of Representatives is based in Tobruk, near the Egyptian border.

Herald Scotland

This article was originally published here.

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