A man counts Libyan dinars at a currency exchange office in Tripoli April 24, 2016. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny
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After a plane-load of Russian-printed banknotes landed in eastern Libya this week, residents rushed to collect long-delayed salaries.The GNA is meant to replace two rival governments set up in Tripoli and the east in 2014 . The eastern government was recognized internationally, but its attempts to wrest control of the National Oil Corporation and the Central Bank of Libya have been blocked.The Bayda office has already delivered some of the 200 million dinars that arrived Tuesday to eight commercial banks in the east, as well as to southern regions, Jehani said. It is expecting to deliver to western Libya next week and is in "full cooperation" with the central bank's issuing department in Tripoli.The central bank in the capital, which has ordered 1 billion dinars printed in Britain, said a consignment of 112 million dinars that landed Wednesday would be delivered to "banks in all Libyan cities, without exception". Jehani said the eastern central bank had been forced to act because over the past 18 months the east had received less than half of what it should have in payments from Tripoli.
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