Libya’s eastern govt declares martial law

Benghazi – The speaker of Libya’s eastern parliament has declared martial law in areas under its control…a move intended to empower its military to respond quickly to infiltration by militias loyal to the rival, UN-brokered government in the capital, Tripoli.

Parliament Speaker Agila Saleh’s declaration on Sunday places the military on high alert and expands its powers.

The measure reflects the eastern administration’s consternation as it comes under growing pressure by the international community to recognise the Tripoli-based national…

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