Members of a heavily-armed militia group are seen with their weapons in Freedom Square in Benghazi February 18, 2014. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori
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A threat by powerful militias to dissolve parliament ramped up pressure on Libya's weak central government Wednesday on the eve of a vote to elect a constitution-drafting panel.Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said late Tuesday a "compromise" had been reached with ex-rebel militias who had given Libya's interim assembly a deadline to hand over power.Powerful militias made up of former rebels from the western town of Zintan had given the General National Congress, the country's highest political authority, a late Tuesday deadline to quit, threatening to seize any lawmaker who ignored it.The militias issuing Tuesday's ultimatum included the Al-Qaaqaa and Al-Sawaiq brigades, two of the most powerful and well-disciplined.
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