Abu Bakar Baira, interim head of parliament, speaks during the first session held by Libya's newly elected House of Representatives in Tobruk August 2, 2014.REUTERS/Stringer
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Libya's newly elected parliament called for national unity at its first formal session Monday, as rival armed factions battled for dominance in and around the capital.Lawmakers had gathered far from the fighting in the capital in a heavily guarded hotel in the eastern city of Tobruk, after three weeks of fighting in Tripoli and Benghazi made the two main cities unsafe for the parliament session.More than 200 people have been killed in the recent fighting in Tripoli and Benghazi.On one side are the Zintani brigades – based in the city of Zintan, 130 km southwest of Tripoli – with fighters from anti-Islamist groups the Qaaqaa and Al-Sawaiq Brigades, including some ex-Gaddafi forces, and political allies.
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