Libya General Calls for Council to Take Power

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -

Libya’s renegade general has called for handing power to a presidential council to oversee transitional period until holding new parliamentary elections.

Gen. Khalifa Hifter in a broadcasted statement late Wednesday accused the current parliament of turning Libya to a state “sponsoring terrorism” and a “hideout to terrorists” who infiltrated the joints of the state, wasted its resources and controlled its decision making.

Hifter who has been winning support from the country’s weakened military units, tribes, and even officials has waged an offensive he said targets Islamist militias and their backers in parliament, which it described Hifter’s campaign as a coup.