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Ex-rebels loosen siege of Libya assembly building

TRIPOLI -- Libyan ex-rebel fighters protesting against a new government line-up loosened a day-old siege of the national assembly building on Friday, an AFP correspondent reported.

Traffic was flowing freely again on the road leading to the assembly and the adjacent Rixos hotel, with police cars deployed at the entrances and at nearby junctions.

“They left this morning, peacefully and without problems,” a policeman stationed at one of the gates of the compound told AFP.

Dozens of armed men had surrounded the assembly building on Thursday blocking off traffic with vehicles mounted with heavy weapons as a protest over the cabinet approved by the assembly on Wednesday evening escalated.

On Friday, some of the gun-mounted vehicles remained inside the assembly compound but were partially hidden from view.

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