Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said Monday he had ordered the army to end the blockade imposed by armed protesters on oil terminals in the east of the country.

The country’s oil production has fallen sharply after rebels blocked the terminals in the summer last year, bringing the government on the brink of a financial crisis.

But in a news conference posted on his website, Mr. Zeidan said he asked “the minister of defense to order the chief of staff to move toward oil ports.” […]