Libya's oil exports plunge as problems escalate

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Associated Press

Posted on September 7, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 7 at 9:33 PM

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libya's prime minister is facing increasing calls for his ouster as striking government employees at oil export terminals cost the North African country more than $5 billion in losses.

A board member of Libya's National Oil Corp says oil exports almost entirely have stopped. Late last month, officials said exports were around 300,000 barrels per day, down dramatically from pre-war levels in early 2011.

Adding to the government's woes, the capital, Tripoli, has been hit with water cuts for three days and electricity outages for the past few months that last around four hours daily.

Prime Minister Ali Zidan has struggled to reign in the combustible mix of tribal feuds, disgruntled employees and renegade militias fueling the crisis. Libya's nascent police and army have been unable to secure the country following the eight-month-long civil war in 2011 that toppled dictator Moammar Gadfhafi.

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