Two rival governments in Libya challenge each other
The Tobruk-based House of Representatives(HoR) is challenging the UN-brokered Government of National Accord(GNA) on who has the right to export Libyan Oil.
|The Maltese-flagged tanker, Seachance, was seen to be moving away tonight from the port of Hariga in Tobruk after the master was told that his ship would not be loaded. Workers at the terminal had been told not to load the tanker. The Seachange was exporting oil through the Tripoli-based National Oil Company. The HoR recognizes only its own rival NOC headquartered in the east. The HoR recognizes neither the authority of the GNA nor that of its associated Tripoli-based National Oil Company. The Seanchance probably purchased the oil through Glencore, which is thought to have an exclusive contract with the Tripoli-based NOC to load oil in Hariga.|
But in an ominous early sign of a possible new showdown, eastern and western factions have sent separate armored columns toward Gaddafi's home town Sirte, now in the hands of fighters from Islamic State....A claim by the GNA's Presidential Council to leadership over any unified campaign against Sirte drew angry responses from the east, where hardliners already harbored federalist ambitions.