IN THE cafés of Tripoli, the talk is of who is running the country. More than 1,000km (620 miles) east, in the small coastal town of Tobruk, sits a parliament elected in June whose writ extends little beyond its poorly attended sessions. A rump of its unpopular predecessor, the Islamist-dominated General National Congress, has resurrected itself in Tripoli on the back of a fierce weeks-long militia battle that established its power in the capital. Congress members invited a failed prime-ministerial candidate, Omar al-Hassi, to create a so-called “national salvation” government in Tripoli to challenge that of the prime minister, Abdullah al-Thinni, currently based in the east.
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