Eastern Libya oil rebel says does not recognize new government

Reuters News
Posted: May 26, 2014 4:00 PM

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - The leader of protesters occupying Libyan oil ports said on Monday he does not recognize the new government of Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq and suggested a deal to end the blockade could be jeopardized.

Ibrahim Jathran, who wants more federalist power for his eastern region, had agreed with Maiteeq's predecessor to steadily open up ports under control of his men since the summer, and help restart Libya's oil exports.

He made no direct reference to the oil deal, but in a statement on the television channel his federalist movement operates, he suggested any deal maybe threatened with Maiteeq in office.

(Reporting by Ulf Laessing; Writing by Patrick Markey; Editing by Alison Williams)