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Libya Secures Tunisian Border, Launches Oil Investigation
December 5, 2011

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The new government of Libya has launched an investigation of corruption in the country's oil industry while at the same time ordered forces to secure the country's border with Tunisia.

A number of weeks after the fall of Tripoli into opposition hands and the removal of Col. Moammar Gadhafi from power, the government, the National Transitional Council, still faces the formidable challenge of crafting a national armed forces from the various militia that banded together in an anti-Gadhafi drive but have since returned to pursuing individual interests. 

The newly installed Tunisian government announced the closing of several border crossings after incursions from armed Libyan militia, who fired on Tunisian border guards and civilians. Deputy Prime Minister Mustafa Abu Shagur blamed the events on random individuals and promised a solution within a few days. Having the borders closed long-term would be a great harm to Libya, which depends on much of its goods and population entering through the border with Tunisia, itself a recent .

Meanwhile, the Libyan NTC said its newly appointed committee, made up of independent observers including some opposition leaders who have until recently been exiles living outside the country, would take a hard look at the previous government's actions with regard to oil production and sale, in the wake of allegations of favoritism and revenue misappropriation. Libya, home to the largest oil reserves in Africa, is home to the international operations of several large oil companies, including BP, Marathon Oil, and Shell.
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