200 gunmen surround Libyan Foreign Ministry

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TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A Libyan military official says about 200 armed men are surrounding the Foreign Ministry building in Tripoli and demanding the ministry to reform and hire former fighters who helped overthrow former dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

Esam al-Naas, the official, said 38 trucks, some mounted with machine guns, had surrounded the ministry on Sunday. The men allege that many supporters of the old regime are still occupying senior positions in the ministry and its missions abroad.

He said that negotiations with the protesters are underway and that no one has entered the ministry building.

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