Video: Libyans for rule of law part of Libya battles militias

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Source: Al Ahram
Benghazi : Libya | almost 2 years ago
And it is their failure that has prepared the ground for the militias' success so far. The violence instigated by lawless militias has cast fresh doubt both on the political future...
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Libyans for rule of law The Libyan government, following a mass public demonstration of support, is taking tentative steps to consolidate military force more than a year after rebels toppled Muammar Gaddafi. The many militias that still control the streets are the clearest challenge to the central authority which was obliged to do deals with many of them to provide security. The killing of four Americans including the ambassador in a militant attack on the US consulate in Benghazi two weeks ago (11 Sept.) has spurred the administration in Tripoli to take action and channel public frustration with the militias. Many Libyans, especially young people, came out to mourn Ambassador Chris Stevens after his death. Thousands of Libyans marched in Benghazi in protest against the Islamist militias that Washington blamed for the attack. Edicts to curb unsanctioned groups have had little or no effect in the past, but that was before the strong public showing in the streets. The army chief Yussef al-Mangoush and the national assembly leader Mohammed Magarief have ordered that all illegitimate militias be removed from compounds and their weapons handed to the national army. Magarief said this applied to all camps outside state control. A spokesman for the Defence Ministry said several evictions and handovers had been done peacefully. However, protesters moving in on one compound they thought harboured an Islamist militia but which was the base of a powerful pro-government group, came under <b>...</b>
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