Group That Seized Tripoli Takes Libyan Gov't, Oil Company Websites

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - 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 administration and the national oil company, adding to confusion over who is running the country.

Group That Seized Tripoli Takes Libyan Gov't, Oil Company Websites

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, that has seized ministry buildings in the capital now controls their websites.

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 neighbors and Western powers fear the conflict between the two rival governments could drag the OPEC member into civil war, Reuters reported.

While Thinni's government - recognized by the United Nations - has relocated to Bayda, the elected House of Representatives is now based in Tobruk, even further east, near the Egyptian border.

Last month, the United Nations launched talks aimed at solving the crisis by bringing together members of the House of Representatives and Misrata lawmakers who have boycotted the assembly since it convened in August.


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