Creation of Cyrenaica Council sparks furious federalism row

NTC leader Mustafa Abdul Jalil has said that the creation of a council aiming to administer the region of Cyrenaica threatens national unity. He threatened that the Libyan authotities would defend national unity "with force" if necessary.

We are not prepared to divide Libya", he said, insisting that those behind the move engage in dialogue.
His statement follows a conference on Tuesday attended buy 3,000 delegates in Benghazi at which a Cyrenaica National Council was declared.  It is headed by Ahmed Zubair Senussi, a relative of the late King Idris and Qaddafi’s longest-serving political prisoner.  Zubair is . . .

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