Libya's new prime minister plays down turmoil

Libya's newly elected Prime Minister Maiteeq says the country is a lot calmer than it is portrayed in media.

Libya's newly elected Prime Minister Maiteeq says the country is a lot calmer than it is portrayed in media.

TRIPOLI, Libya – Libya’s new Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq has accused the media of misrepresenting the country’s problems, saying that the streets are much more normal than reflected.

In his first public statement after being sworn in on Monday, Maiteeq told Anadolu Agency his government was determined in its fight against terrorism.

Libya has been suffering from growing violence and lawlessness since the 2011 uprising that ended the dictatorship of Muammar Gaddafi.

"All sides in Libya support the struggle against terrorism. We will use all the ways to fight against it. We will clamp down on it by strengthening the military and police," Maiteeq said.

"So many things have happened in the east of Libya so far, we can solve these problems together with dialogue. Now our society can create its own constitution, and continue working on this issue. We hope that by the next elections Libya will reach democracy," Maiteeq continued as he discussed the Libyan government’s plans to start talks with all factions in the country

Libya's interim parliament on May 4 elected Ahmed Maiteeq, a businessman in his 40s, prime minister of the troubled North Africa country.

However, renegade Libyan General Khalifa Haftar and other leaders will not recognize Maiteeq or his government, a spokesman for Haftar said Monday.

Earlier this month, forces loyal to Haftar took up arms against militias serving as part of Libya's regular army.

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