Libyan parliament votes to disband militia brigades

by Reuters
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 14:42 GMT

BENGHAZI, Libya, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Libya's parliament on Wednesday voted to disband the country's militia brigades and integrate them into the military in an effort to end the worst fighting between rival armed factions since the 2011 fall of Muammar Gaddafi.

It was not immediately clear how the new Congress would enforce its decision. Composed of ex-rebels, the brigades are heavily armed and more powerful than Libya's fragile government and regular armed forces. (Reporting by Ahmed Elumami and Ayman Al-Warfalli; writing by Patrick Markey; editing by John Stonestreet)