[Marxism] Franklin Lamb : "Waiting for the endgame in Libya"

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Aug 20 08:18:16 MDT 2011

On 8/20/11 2:05 AM, Fred Feldman wrote:
> The reported gains of recent days have served to sharply shift attention
> from the internal problems of the opposition (the assassination by internal
> forces of the army commander) and the complaints in the imperialist media
> about their slow progress.

Both sides are having "internal problems":


TUNIS— Libya's oil chief, Omran Abukraa, is
in Tunisia after deciding not to return to Libya
from a trip abroad, a Tunisian official source
said Saturday, the third apparent defection
this week of a senior figure associated with
Muammar Gaddafi's rule.

"Libyan Oil Minister Omran Abukraa did not
return to Libya after his mission in Italy,
preferring to cut his trip short and go to
Tunisia," the Tunisian official source told

The report, if confirmed, suggests more senior
figures are deserting Gaddafi's government
since rebels seized the city of Zawiyah, cutting
off Tripoli from the outside world.

A senior security official, Nasser al-Mabruk
Abdullah, flew to Cairo from Tunisia Monday
with his family. Rebels said Abdel Salam
Jalloud, Gaddafi's former deputy who is now
out of favor with the leader, defected to their
side Friday.

Although Libya does not formally give its
officials the title of minister, Abukraa
represented Tripoli at an OPEC oil ministers'
meeting in June.

He replaced Tripoli's long-serving oil chief
Shokri Ghanem, who defected from Gaddafi's
government and said he supported the aims of
rebels trying to topple him.

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