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August 9, 2011 3:48 pm

Libyan Rebels Dissolve Government After Commander Killing

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Gen. Abdul Fattah Younes

NYT – Rebel leaders dissolved their own cabinet, in an effort to placate the family of an assassinated rebel military leader and quiet discord in a movement already struggling to remove the country’s leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, from power. A rebel spokesman said the cabinet was dissolved “for improper administrative procedures” that led to the arrest and subsequent killing of the military leader, Gen. Abdul Fattah Younes, a former top Libyan commander.

The move left the rebels without several of its leaders — including the ministers of defense, finance, interior and justice — as they try to fight a three-front war, run dozens of cities under their control and rein in armed militias that have multiplied since the February uprising.

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