Libya: Calls for calm after Benghazi clashes

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Libya: Calls for calm after Benghazi clashes

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Libya’s deputy prime minister has called for calm after Monday’s clashes in Benghazi between official forces and militias left nine people dead.

Still in training, Libyan troops are struggling to establish control across the country over armed militias who, after fighting in the uprising against Muammar Gaddafi, refuse to disarm.

Libya’s government is determined to rein in the gunmen.

Sadiq Abdulkarim Abdulrahman, Libyan Deputy Prime Minister:

“What happened clearly reflects the need to speed up the implementation of resolution No. 53 for the year 2013, and evacuate all armed groups from the city and to only support security of the army and police.”

Ordinary Libyans are angry at the chaos the militias are inflicting on the country. Monday’s pursuit of an Islamist militia suspect by the army which triggered the fighting indicates a long- awaited willingness by official forces to confront the gunmen.