LONDON, Jan 24 (Reuters) - A blockade of major Libyan oil ports is damaging the economy and must be quickly resolved, the Tripoli-based central bank governor told Reuters on Friday, adding that Libya could run a budget deficit in 2020 as a result.
“Now oil represents 93-95% of total revenue and covers 70% of total spending. This is a bullet in the head, that will hurt Libya and the Libyan people,” Sadiq Al-Kabir said in an interview in London. “We really hope the crisis is resolved as fast as possible because it hurts everyone.”
Libya’s internationally recognised prime minister Fayez al-Serraj has warned of catastrophe if the week-long blockade by eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar’s forces, which has cut oil output to almost zero, is not lifted.
Reporting by Ahmed Ghaddar; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Catherine Evans