Libyan officers demand dismissal of military chief

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libyan military officers are demanding the dismissal of the army chief of staff, pledging to go on strike if he is not replaced.

Hundreds of officers met late Sunday in the eastern Libyan city of Brega. They gave Libya’s government 10 days to comply with their demands, threatening to walk away from their posts.

The officers charge that the army chief, Maj. Gen. Youssef al-Mangoush, is guilty of corruption, poor management and hiring commanders from the deposed regime of Moammar Gadhafi. They also demand the dismissal of those commanders, as well as trial of officers involved in killing rebels who fought against Gadhafi in Libya’s 2011 civil war.

This was the first time army officers took part in rallies against al-Mangoush. The protests have been going on for a month.

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