'New Libya army top priority'

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Tripoli - Libya's new defence minister says one of his top priorities is to rebuild the country's military.

Osama al-Juwali says the primary obstacle he faces is unifying the various revolutionary factions that helped topple Muammar Gaddafi's regime in an eight-month civil war.

He says that “we have to reorganize,” but that it is too early to disarm fighters still in the capital of Tripoli.

Al-Juwali was commander of revolutionary forces from the western mountain town of Zintan. His fighters helped storm Tripoli in August and then capture Gaddafi's son, Seif al-Islam, last month.

Al-Juwali was sworn in Sunday before the country's new leaders and other Cabinet ministers. - Sapa-AP


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