Libya: Optimism Tempered By Fighting And Production Woes

Libya’s politicians hope oil output will soon rebound. But does the former PM’s reinstatement herald an easing or an intensification of the country’s instability?

Libya’s constitutional court this week reinstated ‘Abd Allah al-Thinni as prime minister, ending Ahmad Maiteeq’s month-long sojourn in the post. Mr Maiteeq was championed by the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist factions in the General National Council, a fact that is seen as having fueled a rebellion launched last month by renegade general Khalifa Haftar against Islamist fighters in Benghazi.

In a positive sign Mr Maiteeq went quietly, accepting the verdict the same day, a relief for Libyans. Mr Thinni only re-assumes the post temporarily; elections are due late this month. (CONTINUED - 1099 WORDS)