Judicial body makes bid to solve Libya crisis

Libya's Supreme Judicial Council on Monday unveiled an initiative aimed at resolving the ongoing crisis in the North African country.

Libya's Supreme Judicial Council on Monday unveiled an initiative aimed at resolving the ongoing crisis in the North African country.

TRIPOLI – Libya's Supreme Judicial Council on Monday unveiled an initiative aimed at resolving the ongoing crisis in the North African country.

Addressing a press conference in Tripoli, council chief Ali Hafiza said that Libya's judicial authorities "maintain their distance from the country's political disputes."

"But the situation requires us to try to close the gaps [between rival parties]," he said.

Fears have recently mounted that Libya was slipping towards civil war after forces loyal to renegade army general Khalifa Haftar declared war on militia groups serving as part of Libya's regular army.

While Hafter says his campaign aims to purge Libya of "extremists," the Libyan government has described the move as a "coup."

Haftar has called on the Supreme Judicial Council to form a transitional government in advance of fresh parliamentary polls.

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