Saturday, October 15, 2016

Tripoli Militias Launch Coup Attempt To Overthrow UN Backed Government In Libya

Forces loyal to Libya's Government of National Accord. (AFP/File)

The Guardian: Libya coup attempt as Tripoli militias seek to topple UN-backed government

Government of National Accord orders arrest of coup leaders who pledged to ‘rescue Libya’ after taking key buildings and a TV station.

Tripoli militias have staged an attempted coup against Libya’s United Nations-backed government, seizing key state buildings and a TV station and pledging they are ready to fight to take power.

After capturing the central Rixos hotel, home of the government’s state council assembly, on Friday night, the plotters issued a televised statement declaring the coup a “historic initiative to rescue Libya”.

In what is the most serious crisis faced by the Government of National Accord (GNA) since its creation, with strong international support, late last year, its presidency issued a counter-statement ordering the interior ministry to arrest the coup leaders.

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More News On Today's Coup Attempt Against The UN Backed Government In Libya

Rival faction challenges Libya's U.N.-back government in Tripoli -- Reuters
Coup attempt reported in Libya as militias try to seize power from UN-backed government -- The Telegraph
Libya coup: Tripoli militias seize key government building to overthrow UN-backed government -- International Business Times
Libyan militia attempt coup against UN-backed unity government -- Al Bawaba
Libyan Former Officials, Militias Attempt Coup in Tripoli -- Sputnik
United Nations condemns attempted coup in Libya -- The Guardian

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