Libya’s parliament has dismissed PM Ali Zeidan after a tanker laden with oil from a rebel-held port reportedly broke through a naval blockade. Libyan MPs had called a vote of confidence in Zeidan after they were told the North Korean-flagged ship had escaped to sea. Defence Minister Abdullah al-Thinni has been named interim prime minister.
Earlier, Libyan officials had said they had “complete control” of the tanker as it tried to leave the port of Sidra. But the rebels rejected the assertion.
Separatist militants have occupied three major eastern ports since August. They are seeking a greater share of the country’s oil revenues, as well as autonomy for the historic eastern region of Cyrenaica, BBC News reported.
The tanker was reported to have taken on at least 234,000 barrels of crude at Sidra’s oil terminal. It was the first vessel to have loaded oil from a rebel-held port since the separatist revolt against the central government in Tripoli erupted in July.
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