Thursday, August 11, 2022

Protesters storm Libyan Parliament

Anti-government protesters have stormed the Libyan Parliament in the city of Tobruk as demonstrations took place across the country, including the capital Tripoli, against an ongoing political deadlock, continued power cuts, and rising price.
A BBC report said that the protesters on Friday also set fire to part of the building as images posted online showed thick columns of smoke.
Meanwhile, the protesters in Tripoli called for fresh elections and their demand was backed by the head of the interim unity government, Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, who said all the country’s institutions needed to be changed.
The unrest came a day after UN-brokered talks in Geneva aimed at paving the way for a ballot ended with little progress.
Libya was expected to hold presidential elections on December 24, 2021.
However, the elections, part of a roadmap adopted by the UN-sponsored Libyan Political Dialogue Forum to regain stability in the country following years of political division and insecurity, were postponed indefinitely due to technical and legal issues.
Libya has witnessed escalating violence and instability ever since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011.
UN condemns
A senior U.N. official for Libya on Saturday condemned the storming of the parliament’s headquarters by angry demonstrators as part of protests in several cities against the political class and deteriorating economic conditions.
“The people’s right to peacefully protest should be respected and protected but riots and acts of vandalism such as the storming of the House of Representatives headquarters late yesterday in Tobruk are totally unacceptable,” said Stephanie Williams, the U.N. special adviser on Libya, on Twitter.
Friday’s protests came a day after the leaders of the parliament and another legislative chamber based in Tripoli failed to reach an agreement on elections during U.N.-mediated talks in Geneva. The dispute now centers on the eligibility requirements for candidates, according to the U.N.


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