Libya oil minister not working for Gaddafi: Tunisia minister

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Posted: May 22, 2011 11:43 PM
Libya oil minister not working for Gaddafi: Tunisia minister

TOKYO (Reuters) - Tunisian Foreign Minister Mouldi Kefi said on Monday he believed Libyan Oil Minister Shokri Ghanem was no longer working for the Gaddafi regime.

Kefi, in Tokyo to meet Japanese government officials, told a news conference that Ghanem was staying in Tunisia now, but that he did not know whether Ghanem plans to travel to other countries.

The whereabouts of Ghanem, a central figure in the government of Muammar Gaddafi, have been a mystery since Libyan rebels said last Tuesday that he had defected. The government in Tripoli has denied the rebels' claim and said last Thursday he was on an official trip to Tunisia, Europe and Egypt.

(Reporting by Yoko Nishikawa; Editing by Chris Gallagher)