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Vol 55 No 17

Published 29th August 2014


Parliaments at sea

Egypt and its new ally the UAE join battle against jihadist fighters while two parliaments compete for power on the ground

After Tripoli International Airport fell to Islamist-led forces from Misurata on 23 August, the victors were quick to announce that they would resuscitate the country's former Parliament, the disbanded General National Congress, in the capital. The Misuratans, coordinated by former GNC member Salah Badi, already rejected as head of military intelligence, capitalised on poor planning by the body that replaced the GNC, the House of Representatives. After relocating to Benghazi, the HoR soon found the city too dangerous and was forced even further east to Tobruk.

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