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Libya Army Takes Over Two Benghazi Brigades

Libya Army Takes Over Two Benghazi Brigades

A Libyan military official said on Monday that the commanders of the two largest militia brigades in the eastern city of Benghazi have now been replaced by army officers.

Fawzi Bukatef himself confirmed the decision, saying: “Msheiti is in office now.”

A source in Raf Allah al-Sahati, a brigade nominally under the defence ministry but saw its Benghazi base stormed and looted on Friday following anti-militia protests, also confirmed the change of leadership in his group.

The appointments come two days after national assembly chief Mohammed al-Megaryef, Libya’s highest political authority, ordered the army to place its own officers to head brigades born out of the 2011 revolt that toppled Moamer Kadhafi.

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