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Rivalries threaten Libya’s new rulers

The NTC is struggling to control factional differences within the country. Will it be able to govern with authority?

LIBYA is exporting oil again, production has hit a healthy 350,000 barrels a day (b/d) and will rise quickly in coming weeks. Meanwhile, the Temporary Financial Mechanism (TFM), the fund set up to collect money for the rebellion against the Qadhafi regime, is being inundated with cash as assets frozen in foreign bank accounts at last find their way home. Tripoli's posh hotels are chock full of businessmen queuing for their moment with Ali Tarhouni, the National Transitional Council’s (NTC) elusive finance minister. The cafes, markets and shops are doing brisk trade. Each night a throng of smiling youths, AK-47s in hand, arrive in Martyrs’ Square – formerly Green Square – to spray bullets sk

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