Libya parliament speaker rejects 'military intervention'

Saleh appealed to the Arab League to intervene in Libya to help protect "legitimate" institutions in the country.

Libya parliament speaker rejects 'military intervention'

World Bulletin/News Desk

Speaker of Libya's House of Representatives (parliament)  Aqila Saleh on Monday rejected any "foreign military intervention" in violence-wracked Libya.

"Foreign military intervention in Libya is rejected," Saleh told a joint press conference in Cairo with Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi.

Saleh appealed to the Arab League to intervene in Libya to help protect "legitimate" institutions in the country.

"The international community and the Arab League should support legitimacy in Libya represented in the elected parliament," he said.

Asked about the Turkish role in Libya, Saleh said that "Turkey still provides support to armed militias in Libya."

"We need the support of the Arab League and brotherly Arab countries to rebuild our army and consolidate legitimacy in the country," he said.

Libya has remained dogged by instability since the 2011 ouster and death of longstanding ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

In the three years since, rival militias have often locked horns, frequently bringing violence to Libya's main cities, including capital Tripoli and eastern Benghazi.

The sharp divisions have yielded two rival seats of government, each of which has its own institutions.

Two assemblies currently vie for legislative authority: the House of Representatives, which convenes in Tobruk, and the General National Congress, which – even though its mandate ended in August – continues to convene in capital Tripoli.

The two parliaments support two different governments respectively headquartered in the two cities.

 

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