Commanders who defected from Moamer Kadhafi's armed forces in the heat of the civil uprising gather to name a new chief on November 17, 2011 in the eastern Libyan city of Al-Baida. AFP PHOTO/ABDULLAH DOMA
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Libya's government and armed forces on Friday moved to quash rumors of an impending coup after a retired general called for parliament and the government to be suspended.Both the prime minister and the head of the armed forces poured scorn on the idea of a coup d'etat.Haftar commanded ground forces during the 2011 uprising that overthrew the 42-year dictatorship of Moamer Kadhafi. The initiative foresees the suspension of the General National Congress (GNC), Libya's highest political authority, and the transitional government.It is not known if the former general has any support among the ranks of the army or from powerful groups of former rebels.
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