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Forces of renegade Libyan general demand parliament hand over power

In this image made from video provided by the Libyan national army via AP Television, smoke rises over the parliament area after troops of Gen. Khalifa Hifter targeted Islamist lawmakers and officials at the parliament in Tripoli, Libya, Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Libyan national army)

TRIPOLI: Forces loyal to renegade Libyan general Khalifa Hafter demanded parliament freeze work and hand over power to a body drafting a new constitution, according to a statement issued late on Sunday after the assembly building was stormed.

The self-declared Libyan National Army also rejected, in the statement read out on televsion channel al-Ahrar, the appointment of Ahmed Maiteeq as the country's new prime minister.

 

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