GENEVA - Libya's defecting labor minister was reported on Wednesday as saying the Libyan government is selling oil on the black market as Muammar Gaddafi struggles to hold onto power.

Swiss media said Ali al-Amin Manfur told delegates at an International Labour Organization (ILO) conference on Tuesday that he was joining the Libyan rebels.

He told the Geneva daily Le Temps, in an interview published on Wednesday, that Gaddafi's remaining support came from people who had a financial interest in his survival.

"The regime controls the businesses, and the oil which it is selling on the black market, and it has access to the state treasury," said Manfur, who was the only delegate from Tripoli at the United Nations agency's two-week gathering.

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