Gh­well’s forces seize Libyan min­istries

The Progress-Index - - NATION&WORLD -

BENG­HAZI, Libya — A self-de­clared prime min­is­ter said Thurs­day that his forces have seized at least three min­istries in Libya’s cap­i­tal, declar­ing what ap­peared to be a minia­ture coup af­ter what he de­scribed as a year­long fail­ure of the cur­rent U.N.-backed pre­mier.

Khal­ifa Gh­well told The As­so­ci­ated Press by phone from Tripoli that his forces con­trol the min­istries of de­fense, la­bor and the “mar­tyrs and the wounded.” His so-called Na­tional Sal­va­tion govern­ment was formed by the out­go­ing par­lia­ment af­ter a dis­puted 2014 trans­fer of power that led to the es­tab­lish­ment of ri­val gov­ern­ments, each backed by an ar­ray of mili­tias.

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