Libya parliament suspends activities

2013-03-10 14:53
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Cairo - Libya's parliament on Sunday said it would temporarily suspend its main activities, the Libyan News Agency reported, following an incident in which armed protesters stormed the assembly.

The agency quoted National Congress President Mohammed al-Magariaf as saying the decision was prompted by the lack of security and meetings would resume when a safe venue is found.

Lawmakers were forced to move from the main parliament complex in Tripoli in early February when it was occupied by wounded veterans of the 2011 uprising demanding medical treatment abroad.

On Tuesday, armed protesters stormed a meeting of the Congress at the alternative venue lawmakers have been using. The protesters demanded that officials linked to the ousted regime of Muammar Gaddafi be banned from public life.

Al-Magariaf's car reportedly came under fire as he escaped the meeting.

Sixteen months since Gaddafi met his end, Libyan authorities are still struggling to organise effective security forces and assert their control over revolutionary militias.

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