By Jamal Adel.
Brega, 14 May 2014:
The office of the Prime Minister issued a decision . . .[restrict]yesterday making the eastern town of Brega the site of the new branch for the Petroleum Facility Guards (PFG).
“A new branch will open for the PFG in Brega, but the main headquarters will remain in Tripoli,” spokesperson for the PFG Waleed Al-Tarhouni told the Libya Herald.
PFG members, led by Ibrahim Jadhran, blockaded oil ports in eastern Libya last July because they claimed that the government was illegally selling oil.
The blockaders demanded the appointment of a neutral committee to investigate the government over its alleged corruption in the oil industry and threatened to implement a federalist state, in which the national oil revenues would be equally distributed among the three Libyan states.
“It is difficult to completely move the PFG headquarters to Brega right now, considering the current regional issues and security situation,” explained Al-Tarhouni.
The PFG is a branch of the Ministry of Defense in Libya, but its administration functions independently. [/restrict]