Inside Libya: how battle for oil has left country close to collapse

Libya will “run out of money” in 18 months despite once being one of Africa’s richest countries, officials have told The Telegraph as internecine fighting grinds its oil and gas industry to a halt.

Mashala Zwai, the oil minister for one of Libya’s two rival governments, warned that the country was becoming “a second Somalia”.

“This is a critical time in a critical situation,” said Mr Zwai, speaking from the Tripoli offices of the National Oil Corporation, which manages Libya’s energy sector. “By next year the state will not be able to pay Libyans’ salaries.”

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