Tripoli was talking tough this week as its hold on the country continues to weaken amid a surge in violence, a fractured cabinet and the continued blockage of eastern oil export terminals.

Prime Minister ‘Ali Zeidan on 19 January bared his teeth at a self-declared regional government that controls the export facilities for oil produced in the country’s hydrocarbon rich east. In a televised interview, he warned that his government would remove the protestors that occupy oil ports. But only a few days later, crisis hit closer to home, as Oil Minister ‘Abd al Bari al-‘Arusi was part of a block of ministers handing in their resignation. (CONTINUED - 1114 WORDS)