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Libya unity government looks to assert authority in Tripoli

Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister-designate, Fayez al-Sarraj (R), is greeted by unidentified officials upon his arrival in Tripoli on March 30, 2016Libya’s unity government was trying to assert its authority in Tripoli Thursday after the new prime minister-designate’s sudden arrival, as the EU imposed sanctions on three Libyans for obstructing peace efforts. Fayez al-Sarraj’s arrival at a naval base on Wednesday drew fury from the militia-backed authority in charge of Tripoli, which demanded he leave or surrender. Gunmen stormed the headquarters of a Libyan television station overnight, apparently in support of the new government, but the capital appeared calm on Thursday.

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