Tripoli rocked by fighting as rival Libyan PMs vie for power

The clashes involved two militias from western Libya

Fighters loyal to Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, one of Libya's two rival prime ministers, on the streets of Tripoli.  AP
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Armed groups clashed in Tripoli, Libya's capital, on Friday night, local media reported.

Exchanges of heavy gunfire and explosions were heard across several districts of Tripoli, AFP reported.

Images broadcast by the local media showed civilians fleeing.

The fighting involved two militias from western Libya, local media reported.

No casualties or motive for the fighting were apparent. It is the latest violence to rock the country as two rival prime ministers vie for power.

After a 2011 revolt toppled dictator Muammar Qaddafi, political infighting to fill the power vacuum has plagued Libya.

Last month, politician Fathi Bashagha attempted to seize power by force, sparking armed clashes between his supporters and those backing interim prime minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah.

Mr Dbeibah was appointed under a troubled UN-led peace process last year to lead a transition to elections set for December 2021, but the vote was indefinitely postponed.

In February, Parliament appointed Mr Bashagha, a one-time interior minister, to take over, arguing that Mr Dbeibah's mandate had ended.

But Mr Dbeibah said he will only relinquish power to an elected administration.

Updated: June 11, 2022, 5:49 AM