Cairo: The severe instability in Libya has ratcheted up with news this morning that the country's prime minister, Ali Zeidan was abducted at dawn by a group related to al Qaeda. The prime minister's kidnapping highlights the precarious state of the key oil exporter, which has been trying to get back on track with its oil exports of late. Authorities have denied that they are ready to use military force to try and reopen oil terminals in Burqa region in the northeast of the country.
News circulating social media suggested the National Congress plans to use full force in order to reopen the oil ports in the Burqa region, within a period of three days.
Tawfiq el-Shahibi, a member of the National Congress, denied the rumours, saying: “All the news on our intentions to use force to reopen the oil ports is untrue.” [10/10/13]