UN Envoy in Libya urges early elections after militias threatened to arrest parliamentarians

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TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — The United Nations envoy to Libya is urging militias that have threatened to use force to disband the interim parliament to solve the crisis by using dialogue to hold elections "at the earliest possible" time.

The Wednesday statement by Tarek Mitri came as a long-running political crisis came to a head. Many in Libya are angered that the parliament has extended its mandate, and two commanders of powerful militias issued an ultimatum Tuesday to lawmakers to resign or face arrest. The head of parliament has accused the militias of an attempted coup.

Mitri says he met with the two commanders and appealed to them to "give a chance to political dialogue about holding general elections at the earliest possible" opportunity. He warned that the use of force "threatens the stability of Libya and the political process."

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