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Conflict escalates in Libya over parliament role

February 4, 2014

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — The largest bloc in Libya’s parliament is threatening to pull out if the body convenes past a Friday deadline for its dissolution set by the transition plan agreed after the country’s 2011 civil war.

Abdel-Maged Amlegita, of the mostly non-Islamist National Forces Alliance said on Tuesday that an extension of parliament’s mandate as proposed by Islamists would be “against democracy,” and that only a general referendum could legitimize such a move.

Outside the parliament building In Tripoli, pro-Alliance militia fired automatic rifles into the air.

Islamists and the Alliance have locked horns in the current parliament, derailing a hoped-for transition to democracy. Libya was scheduled to have a constitution, elections, and new parliament before Feb. 7.

Now, elections for the constituent panel will only take place mid-February.