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Libya: possibility of coup as army general calls for suspension of government

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Libya: possibility of coup as army general calls for suspension of government

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Libya is facing the prospect of a military coup after a top army commander called for the government to be overthrown

Major General Khalifa Haftar – a leading military figure in the revolution that ousted Gaddafi – said the country’s interim parliament should be suspended and a presidential committee should govern until elections could be held.

In a video broadcast on the internet, Haftar said: “The national command of the Libyan army is declaring a movement for the new road map, which we will announced within few days. We will hold meetings with different parties and groups through the media regarding implementing this roadmap.”

The government’s security body denied there was any coup taking place and there have been no signs of troops trying to take over government buildings.

Spokesman for the General National Congress (GNC) parliament, Omar Humaidan, dismissed Haftar’s statement. “He doesn’t represent the army,” Humaidan said. “He is not even in Tripoli, the capital is secure.”

The Ministry of Defence said it had been ordered to “take measures” against Haftar.