Libya

Libyan Officials Make Moves to Dismantle Militias

All non-state armed groups are to be dissolved

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Authorities in Libya have decided to dissolve all militias and armed groups that do not come under the authority of the state, state media has reported.

The announcement was made by Mohammed al-Megarief, the head of the Libyan national assembly, late on Saturday during a press conference.

"We're disbanding all the armed groups that do not fall under the authority of the government. We're also banning the use of violence and carrying of weapons in public places. It's also illegal to set up checkpoints. We've instructed the appropriate government agencies to ensure that these directives are implemented," he said.