The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TRIPOLI – Chairman of the Presidential Council of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj, flew to the southern El Sharara oilfield on Wednesday to meet protesters who have shut down the facility, a government source and a protester told Reuters.
No more details were immediately available. Officials in Al-Sarraj’s office could not be reached for comment.
Officials have been trying to convince the protesters, who include tribesmen demanding development and guards seeking payments, to reopen the 315,000 barrel per day facility, Libya’s biggest oilfield.
In another apparent bid to appease the protesters, the Tripoli-based government approved a development fund worth 1 billion Libyan dinars ($717 million) for the long neglected south, a decree said.