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Published: Friday April 4, 2014 MYT 4:10:02 AM
Updated: Friday April 4, 2014 MYT 4:11:01 AM

Senior members of Libyan port rebels quit leadership team - member

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Eight senior members of the Libyan rebel militia controlling key oil ports have quit in a conflict with top leader Ibrahim Jathran, one of those who left said on Thursday.

"Jathran is not consulting his politburo (leadership team)," Essam al-Jahani told Reuters, explaining why they had decided to resign.

Jathran and the Tripoli government said on Wednesday they were close to a deal to end a port blockage that has hit oil exports and fuelled tensions in the North African country.

(Reporting by Feras Bosalum; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

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