Members of forces loyal to Libya’s eastern government sit in armed vehicles during clashes with the Shura Council of Libyan Revolutionaries, in Benghazi, Libya.REUTERS/Stringer
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The prime minister of Tripoli's self-declared government has warned Libya's U.N.-backed Cabinet – based in Tunis – not to come to the capital, saying such a move would be illegal and suggesting ministers could face arrest. Two rival administrations within Libya are fighting for control, one in Tripoli, and one in the east, while the United Nations has brokered a deal for a national unity government meant to bring the sides together and end the conflict.Responding to a request by the U.N.-backed Presidential Council and Western powers for an immediate transfer of power, Khalifa al-Ghwell told Reuters late Tuesday he could not hand over authority to a government he said did not enjoy the support of Tripoli's parliament, the General National Congress.The United States and major European powers recognized the unity Cabinet as Libya's only legitimate government Sunday, and are pushing for it to move to Tripoli and start work.
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