People attend a rally in support of former Libyan army officer Khalifa Haftar, in Benghazi August 1, 2014. (REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori)
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Libya's new nationalist-dominated parliament was holding its first meeting Saturday in the eastern city of Tobruk, boycotted by Islamists, in a sign that deep divisions remain in the strife-torn country.It was to have convened in Benghazi on Monday, but a decision was taken to move the meeting forward by two days and shift it to Tobruk for security reasons.Both Benghazi and the capital, Tripoli, are the scene of fighting that has killed more than 200 people and wounded another 1,000 in the past two weeks.The Zintan brigades are viewed by their opponents as the armed wing of Libya's nationalist movement, and the battle is seen as part of a struggle for political influence at a time when the new parliament prepares to assume office.
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