The pendulum of Libya’s fortunes swung back in favor of the central government this week – albeit without much verve – as some of the troublesome militias withdrew from Tripoli and one of the country’s oil and gas export terminals reopened.

The capital was the scene of bloody standoffs last week, as militias fired on citizens demanding their withdrawal from the city, with at least 37 people killed on 15 November. The protests were a partial success, with the powerful militia detachments from the city of Misrata reportedly leaving the city in response. (CONTINUED - 1315 WORDS)