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In Libya, Poor Prospects for a Coup

Feb 14, 2014 | 21:06 GMT
Libyan Defense Minister Abdullah al-Thani at a Libyan army graduation ceremony in Tripoli on Jan. 16.
Libyan Defense Minister Abdullah al-Thani at a Libyan army graduation ceremony in Tripoli on Jan. 16.
(MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Libya faces a stalled political transition process and a proliferation of armed groups vying to influence the formation of an eventual permanent government. But the country's fledgling military lacks both the physical presence and institutional legitimacy to meaningfully challenge the government or stabilize it by ruling in its stead. ...

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