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Libyan general provokes contempt

Wants Parliament, Cabinet dissolved

TRIPOLI, Libya — A top general on Friday called for Libya’s Parliament and Cabinet to be dissolved to ‘‘rescue’’ the country from turmoil, prompting accusations that he was fomenting a coup and bringing derision from many at the presumption that the deeply weakened military could impose control in a country dominated by rival armed militias.

The statement by General Khalifa Hifter came amid a mounting confrontation over Parliament that is threatening to turn into outright armed conflict between militias, which are the real power in Libya. The divided militias have lined up behind rival political factions in the power struggle between the Western-backed prime minister and Islamist factions in Parliament trying to remove him.

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On Monday, Libya marks the anniversary of the start of the 2011 revolt that brought down longtime dictator Moammar Khadafy. Three years later, the weak central government still has little authority in the North African nation.

It is not clear what support Hifter has in the military, or other armed factions. There were no unusual military movements in the capital after his statement.

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