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Zeidan: Transfer of authority will be achieved through legitimate elections

The Libyan government has reached a new understanding to address the political situation in the country, Libya's Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said.

Zeidan's remarks followed threats by Libyan Al-Qaqa Militia to arrest and try parliamentarians if the parliament does not hand over power.

Zeidan denounced the idea of resorting to force and military coups against his government and the Libyan people's will, stressing on the need for peaceful dialogue and respect for all views.

"I call on all the Libyan people, civilians and military, to respect the demands of the majority of Libyans to a rapid transfer of authority through legitimate elections," he said on Wednesday.

Zeidan pointed out that several Arab and foreign officials contacted him to check on the political situation in Libya including the French Foreign Minister, Qatari Prime Minister as well as the Egyptian Defence Minister.

Former Libyan rebels gathered in the Zliten city, 270 kilometres east of the capital Tripoli, to condemn Al-Qaqa militia.

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