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Libya's rebels have political support, now they need cash

Political support is welcome, but Libya's rebels need the cash their allies have promised

WHEN the US led more than 30 countries in recognising the National Transitional Council (NTC) as Libya's sole legitimate government on 15 July, everyone assumed it was payday for the rebels. It was certainly a diplomatic coup. The UK, increasingly the most committed of the Western nations backing the uprising, followed it up on 27 July by expelling Libya's diplomats from the country and asking the NTC to begin staffing the London embassy. That was a unique shift in UK policy, which until then had insisted it recognised "states, not governments". But what of the money? The NTC knows it has political backing from Western nations. But it doesn't have cash to cover the salaries it has promised

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