Libya has replaced its oil minister just as the country’s energy sector looks to have turned a corner, with crude exports picking up and production rising sharply.

Mustafa Sanalla, the head of state-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC), became Acting Oil Minister on 20 August, taking over as deputy minister from ‘Umar Shakmak, who had in effect run the ministry after ‘Abd al-Bari al-‘Arusi resigned as minister in January. In addition to his new role, Mr Sanalla will remain at the helm of NOC. (CONTINUED - 404 WORDS)