Libya budget vote set to escalate political standoff

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Libya’s parliament is set to vote on Wednesday to approve a budget for the government it appointed in March despite the incumbent administration refusing to step down, a move that may accelerate a return to parallel rule. The parliament session in the central coastal city of Sirte began on Tuesday, discussing the proposed budget plan for the government of Fathi Bashagha, who has been unable to enter Tripoli and take over control there. The dispute over control of government and state revenue, and over a political solution to resolve 11 years of violent chaos, threatens to launch Libya back int…

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