Libya PM draws crowd for mass wedding and protest against parliament

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Libyas Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah arrives in Downing Street for a meeting in London.
Libyas Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah arrives in Downing Street for a meeting in London.
Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP

Several thousand Libyans packed a Tripoli square late on Friday for a state-funded mass wedding celebration that also drew supporters of transitional Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah and protesters against the eastern-based parliament.

Dbeibah was installed in March through a UN-backed process to head a unity government after years of division between rival administrations in the civil war, and to prepare for an election.

The election is planned for 24 December but there is controversy over parliament's handling of a law for the vote to take place and analysts fear the jockeying among rival factions could unravel the peace process.

Dbeibah has courted popular opinion with measures such as financial support for newlyweds but has faced problems with the parliament, which was elected nationally in 2014 but moved east as the country split between warring factions.

READ | War-weary Libyans yearn for end to daily blackouts

The parliament has not passed his budget and this week its speaker, Aguila Saleh, passed a vote to withdraw confidence from the government though some members of the chamber said he had falsified the vote count.

Saleh had earlier passed a law for a presidential election that his critics said was tailored to allow him to run without risking his existing role by stepping aside for three months before the vote.

Parliament has not passed a law for a parliamentary election.

Many of the people who attended the Tripoli wedding celebration on Friday were there to protest against the parliament and back Dbeibah.

"We are fed up with the parliament. We elected them and we now ask them to get out. They have become a real headache," said Ali al-Hamdi, 41, a shopkeeper.


Did you know you can listen to articles? Subscribe to News24 for access to this exciting feature and more.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Facebook is facing a fresh crisis after a former employee turned whistle-blower leaked internal company research. Do you still use Facebook?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, the benefits outweigh the risk for me
32% - 1862 votes
No, I have deleted it
38% - 2192 votes
Yes, but I am considering deleting it
30% - 1728 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
14.51
+1.7%
Rand - Pound
19.88
+0.9%
Rand - Euro
16.83
+0.6%
Rand - Aus dollar
10.77
+0.6%
Rand - Yen
0.13
+0.7%
Gold
1,767.60
0.0%
Silver
23.31
0.0%
Palladium
2,075.53
0.0%
Platinum
1,059.00
0.0%
Brent Crude
84.86
+1.0%
Top 40
60,494
+0.2%
All Share
67,029
+0.3%
Resource 10
64,347
-0.1%
Industrial 25
84,819
+0.7%
Financial 15
13,961
-0.3%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE