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Eastern Libyan politicians unilaterally declare autonomous government in oil-rich region
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 24, 2013 2:59 PM EDT
The leaders of a movement for self-rule in oil-rich eastern Libyan have unilaterally announced the formation of a shadow government, the latest challenge to the weakened central authority.
Abd-Rabbo al-Barassi, the head of the newly declared Barqa government, said Thursday the aim is to improve distribution of resources and undermine the hold of the centralized system that has discriminated against their region.
Pro-autonomy militiamen have taken control of multiple oil facilities in the east, disrupting the country's exports.