Libyan Government Survives Attempted Coup

Libyan Government Survives Attempted Coup

Libya’s government emerged from weekend attacks claiming they maintain control of the country and have not given in to militia demands. 

According to BBC News, “the parliament building in…Tripoli was overrun by a militia group” over the weekend “and two people were killed.” A spokesman for the militia group “later…demanded that the assembly hand over power to a body drawing up a new constitution.” 

Libyan Justice Minister Asalah al-Marghani emerged from the weekend attacks condemning the militia actions, “calling for an end to the violence and [speaking to] the need for national dialogue.” 

Militia groups consisting of “ex-rebels have become defacto powerbrokers in the [political] vacuum” left behind following the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi. “They have carved out fiefdoms” unto themselves and leverage enough power “to make demands on the state.” 

On October 31, 2012, Breitibart News reported that former Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril said the manner in which Obama handled the ouster of Gaddafi–swooping in and pulling out with no plan of support for a post-Gaddafi scenerio–created a crisis of power. 

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