Armed protesters occupy Libya parliament

2012-11-01 18:37

Tripoli - Around 200 mostly armed protesters have occupied an area near Libya's parliament building, blocking nearby roads and beating up journalists in protest of the country's new Cabinet.

Thursday's action, in which an AP reporter was also beaten, is the third in a row staged by the group, which opposes the new government chosen Prime Minister Ali Zidan and endorsed by Congress.

They say the 30-member Cabinet includes former members of Muammar Gaddafi's deposed regime, and should undergo screening by a state body tasked with barring such people from government jobs.

The armed protests highlight the mounting challenges Libya faces a year after the fall of Gaddafi's dictatorship. The country is awash with weapons and armed groups.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-02 09:43

    And they call this farce democracy. America/west seems to think in its total ignorance that somehow everything can be made into some sort of U.S. clone.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-11-03 16:50

    . The Libyans have made remarkeble progress to the road of democracy. After 40 years of tyranny by a psychopath, who destroyed EVERYTHING, in his way to a totalitarian state, the Lybyans have by far the MAJORITY decided against any kind of radicalsim. It is ONLY the loonies of the violent left, who with their SICK AND DISTURBED minds wish the Libyans BAD. What a lousy disgusting bunch of scumbags they are !!!!!!!

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