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Libya declares state of public alert against army's plans to take over capital

Christian Fernsby ▼ | April 4, 2019
Libya's UN-backed government on Wednesday declared a state of public alert, hours after the eastern-based army announced plans to move westward to take over the capital Tripoli.
Libya army
Africa   Ahmad al-Mismari told a local TV that the army was preparing to move westward
"This kind of language does not help achieve consensus, but discourages the Libyan and disgraces all the parties," the government said in a statement, calling plans of the eastern-based army "provocative."

"With such persistence in adopting this aggressive attitude ... we issued instructions and declared a state of public alert to all military and security forces to prepare and deter any threats aiming to destabilize any part of our country," the statement added.

The UN-backed government also warned that the military solution to the crisis would only bring "destruction and suffering to the people."

Earlier in the day, Ahmad al-Mismari, spokesman of the Libyan army, told a local TV channel that the army was preparing to move westward, particularly Tripoli, and take over the region.

Al-Mismari's announcement comes ahead of a UN-sponsored national conference in Libya, which is expected to gather many Libyan parties to end the political crisis in the country.

Libya is currently politically divided between western and eastern governments, both competing for legitimacy.