US WARNS OF ‘WIDESPREAD CONFLICT’ IN LIBYA

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The United States warned Saturday (Sunday in Manila) that the conflict in Libya could become widespread,” urging that a new parliament be quickly seated after contested elections. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki also called for work on drafting Libya’s new constitution to take place unhindered, amid increasing lawlessness and unrest in the country. “The United States is deeply concerned by the ongoing violence in Libya and dangerous posturing that could lead to widespread conflict there,” Psaki said in a statement. “We affirm our support for Libya’s democratic transition and urge the seating of the new Council of Representatives as soon as possible,” she added. The new constitution has been billed as a milestone in the North African country’s transition from the 42-year dictatorship of Muammar Gaddafi, who was overthrown and killed in 2011. “We stress the vital role Libya’s Constitution Drafting Assembly plays in building the new country for which Libyans sacrificed so much during the revolution,” Psaki added.

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