ARMED GROUPS TO LEAVE TRIPOLI AFTER AN AGREEMENT

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Armed groups that have been controlling Tripoli for more than a decade have agreed to leave Libya’s capital.

Interior minister Imad Trabelsi – part of the internationally recognised government – said after lengthy negotiations a deal had been struck for regular forces to police Tripoli.

He told journalists there would only be emergency police, city officers and criminal investigators in their place.

The deal comes after a series of deadly clashes in the city in recent months.

Libya has been battered by many armed groups who emerged after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Libya is currently divided between the internationally recognised government in the west, led by interim Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah in Tripoli, and an administration in the east run by military strongman Khalifa Haftar.

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