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Libyan authorities to dissolve nonstate militias

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 23 September 2012
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September 23, 2012

The Libyan authorities have announced a decision to dissolve militias and armed groups that do not come under the authority of the state.

The announcement was made by Mohammed al-Megarief, the head of the Libyan National Assembly.

The authorities also decided to bring together the army, the forces of the Interior Ministry, and Defense Ministry brigades comprising former rebels.

The announcement came as two Islamist militias, Abu Slim and Ansar al-Sharia, said they would lay down their weapons and leave their bases in the eastern city of Derna.

The moves came a day after residents in the eastern city of Benghazi rebelled against militias in violence that killed at least 10 people.

Based on reporting by AFP, Reuters, and Al-Jazeera

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