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Rival Libya PM Quits Capital as Clashes Foil Bid to Assert Power

Fighters loyal to Abdul Hamid Dbeibah in Tripoli, Libya, on May 17.

Fighters loyal to Abdul Hamid Dbeibah in Tripoli, Libya, on May 17.

Photographer: Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images

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Libya’s rival prime minister hastily departed the capital, hours after his arrival in a bid to assert his claim to the premiership sparked clashes that threatened to tip the OPEC nation back into conflict.