* Rebel spokesman says ports to reopen on Wednesday
* No word from government side
* Deal could bring back 500,000 bpd of export capacity
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TRIPOLI, July 1 Libyan rebels blockading key
eastern oil ports have agreed to reopen the remaining two
terminals at Es Sider and Ras Lanuf on Wednesday, a rebel
spokesman said, in a "goodwill gesture" that could restore a big
part of the OPEC country's lost exports.
The rebels, who demand more autonomy for their self-declared
Cyrenaica region in the east of the country, had agreed in
April to reopen two smaller ports and then gradually free up Es
Sider and Ras Lanuf, which they seized nearly a year ago.
Since last summer, the port seizures have crippled Libya's
oil industry. But if fulfilled, the deal to reopen the two major
eastern terminals would bring back around 500,000 barrels per
day (bpd) of crude oil export capacity.
"An agreement has been reached between the government and
the Cyrenaica government to reopen Es Sider and Ras Lanuf as a
goodwill gesture," Ali al-Hasi, a rebel spokesman, told Reuters
He linked the move to last Wednesday's parliamentary
election, from which results have yet to be published.
There was no immediate response from the government in
Tripoli. Past deals to reopen the ports have failed, but a
accord in April has already freed up the Zueitina and Hariga oil
Hasi said the other ports would reopen on Wednesday as part
of an agreement whose conditions would include dropping charges
against those who had seized them.
Libya had produced around 1.4 million bpd before a wave of
protests, strikes and blockades reduced the output to as low as
150,000 bpd. As of Tuesday, it stood at 321,000 bpd.
Disputes over Libya's oil have been just one of the battles
among rival brigades of former rebels since the civil war that
ended four decades of Muammar Gaddafi's one-man rule in 2011.
Caught in political infighting, the weak central government
and nascent national army have been unable to impose control
over bands of fighters who often use their military muscle to
impose demands on the state.
(Reporting by Ahmed Elumami; writing by Patrick Markey; editing
by Mark Trevelyan)