Ghanem flees to neighboring Tunisia.
Libya, like Egypt and Syria, is in the throes of a full-fledged revolution these days. Adding insult to injury, the Oil Minister, Shukri Ghanem, defected to Tunisia. He had had his differences and conflicts with the government of Muamar Qaddafi and had previously offered his resignation in 2009.
Currently in Tunisia, he has maintained silence as far as criticism of the Libyan government is concerned. The decision by Shukri Ghanem came as quite a shock since he was one of the main men Qaddafi possessed in his arsenal. The highly acclaimed Oil Minister left the country amidst the civil war between rebels and government forces.
Several other government officials have also left the country, which is left poorer as a result.