A soldier salutes as he stands in a tank during a graduation ceremony for recruits of the Libyan army in Tripoli January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny (LIBYA - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS)
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Libya's General National Congress declared a state of emergency in the country on Saturday, an official said, after fresh clashes erupted in the south when gunmen group seized a military base.The GNC, Libya's highest political authority, made the decision during an "extraordinary session" about the situation in the southern town of Sebha, where tribal clashes have been raging for several days, the official said. Fighting flared up again on Saturday when gunmen took control of a military base near Sebha, after several days of relative quiet, the government said. But in the evening, defence ministry spokesman Abderrazak al-Shebahi said the army had recaptured the Tamenhant base. Lacking a professional army, the authorities regularly call on groups of ex-rebels who fought the Kadhafi regime in 2011 to fill in for regular security forces.
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