Protesters set fire to the parliament building in Tobruk, Libya

Protesters set fire to the parliament building in Tobruk, Libya

Libyan media reported that protesters were protesting against the deterioration of life and the political crisis.

Libyan media reported that protesters stormed the parliament building in the eastern Libyan city of Tobruk and protested against the deterioration of life and the political crisis.

Several television channels reported on Friday that protesters had managed to break into the parliament building and carry out acts of vandalism, while the media showed black column images of black smoke burning the tires of angry young protesters.

Other media reported that part of the building had caught fire. The parliament building in Libya was empty on Friday.

“We want the lights to work,” protesters chanted.

Al-Wasat reported that protests also took place in other cities on Friday. In the capital, Tripoli, in the west of the country, hundreds of people gathered in the central square, where they protested against armed militias and demanded better power supply and lower food prices.

Photographs of a protest in Tobruk in the east of the country show a protester driving a bulldozer that managed to break through a section of the gate and allow other protesters to easily enter the parliament building. Other protesters, some of whom threw green flags of Gaddafi’s regime and office documents into the air.

Libya has been facing power outages for days, worsened by the closure of several oil installations in the face of political rivalries.

“We must recognize our failure and leave the political arena immediately,” MP Balkhir al-Shaab told the Libyan channel Al-Ahrar.

The Libyan parliament, or House of Representatives, is located in Tobruk, hundreds of kilometers east of the capital Tripoli, following an East-West conflict in 2014 following an uprising that ousted Muammar Gaddafi three years ago.

Libyan news website Al-Wasat reported that protesters in Tabruk were calling for the dissolution of parliament and new elections. At the same time, there were protests in the country against the poor living conditions.

There have also been frequent clashes between armed groups in Tripoli in recent weeks, raising fears of a return to full-scale fighting.

The two governments are now vying for power in Libya.

In the capital, Tripoli, it is headed by caretaker Prime Minister Abdelhamid Bebe. At the same time, the government of former Interior Minister Fathi Bashaga is claiming power for itself. The latter is aligned with the parliament in Tobruk in the east.

The peace process, which begins in 2020, has sought to reunite the country. But after elections scheduled for December were postponed, the eastern parliament said Abdul Hamid Bebe’s interim government had ended and he had been replaced by Fathi Bashaga.

A fierce battle broke out between two infiltrating militias in western Libya earlier this month. The local media identified the armed group as the Nawasi Brigade – a militia loyal to Bashagh – and the Stabilization Support Force, which supports Abdul Hamid Bebe.

The motive for the war was not immediately clear, but it was the latest violence to shake the country as two rival prime ministers compete for power.

The United Nations said on Thursday that talks between Libya’s rival factions aimed at resolving the crisis had failed to resolve key differences.

While some progress had been made, it was not enough to move towards the election, with both sides still disagreeing over who could stand in the presidential election, a senior UN official said. Representative Stephanie Williams, who facilitated the talks, said.

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