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July 5, 2022

Libya: Armed Clashes In Tripoli As Power Struggle Deepens

Libya’s parliamentary-appointed government, backed by powerful Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, announced on Tuesday that it was pulling out of the capital Tripoli, the seat of the rival executive branch, after several hours of fighting triggered by its arrival.

Endowed with the most abundant reserves in Africa, Libya has been plagued since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011 by a series of political crises and violence that are undermining the transition process that is supposed to turn the page on years of dictatorship.

In mid-morning, the press service of the government appointed by Parliament said in a statement that its Prime Minister Fathi Bashagha and several of his ministers had “left Tripoli to preserve the safety … of citizens.

Earlier in the night, it had announced the arrival in Tripoli of Bashagha and ministers “to begin the work” of the government, but this had led to fighting for several hours in the city between armed groups, according to an AFP correspondent.


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