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Pro-Tripoli militia advance on rebel Libya oil ports

Published on Mar 12, 2014 8:40 PM

TRIPOLI (AFP) - Militia loyal to the Tripoli authorities were advancing on eastern Libya on Wednesday where rebels demanding regional autonomy began exporting oil this week in defiance of the central government.

The offensive came as Islamists buoyed by parliament's ouster of liberal-backed prime minister Ali Zeidan on Tuesday moved to consolidate their new-found power.

The premier fled the country as the General National Congress (GNC) approved the Islamist-sponsored no-confidence motion, stopping briefly in Malta before flying on to another European country, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said.

The GNC named Defence Minister Abdullah al-Thani caretaker premier for the two weeks it now has to agree on a permanent successor.

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