Al Qaqaa brigades vehicles are seen during a handing over ceremony of Zintan's al Qaqaa brigades' base to the army and withdrawal from Tripoli November 21, 2013. (REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny)
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Two heavily armed Libyan militias called on Tuesday on the country's parliament to hand over power immediately, in what the president of the assembly dismissed as an attempted coup that would be confronted by the army if necessary.Tuesday's deadline of five hours from the statement issued by the al-Sawaiq and al-Qaqa militia brigades passed without incident but they said they had troops on standby to force the hand of the General National Congress (GNC). Both militia groups threatening the government are among the most experienced ex-rebels groups that helped topple veteran ruler Muammar Gaddafi in the uprising that began three years ago this month.Libya is grappling with chaos across the country as the government of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan struggles to control the militias who helped overthrow Gaddafi but have retained their weapons to shape post-war politics.
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