Protesters set fire to Libyan parliament


The political blockade and harsh living conditions have provoked a violent response from the population

The Libyan parliament has been devastated by dozens of protesters who bulldozed and set the facilities on fire this morning. The incident is the most serious after a day of protests in the African country’s main cities. The political blockade and harsh living conditions have provoked an unusual response from the population, tired of 11 years of instability.

The destruction of the House of Representatives, located in the eastern city of Tobruk, was preceded by the preliminary reading of a manifesto asking protesters to disband and hold elections before the end of the year. The popular anger is linked to the decision by the legislature to end Abdul Hamid Dbeiba’s term as prime minister of the national unity government after he failed to call executive elections scheduled for December last year. The deputies had already chosen Fazi Bashaga as his replacement, a move that again negates attempts to reach an agreement.

The removal of the leader, legal but not really effective, again derails the process of transition to a reunified state and exacerbates the differences between the government of Tripoli, in the west, and the regime that controls the east of the area. But concentrations have also occurred in the capital. There, those called up wore yellow vests, like the French insurgents, and also shouted at the daily difficulties, including the rise in the prices of basic food and the lack of a regular supply of energy.

The fatigue explains an extraordinary initiative in the difficult security conditions of Libya. The country is divided into real Taifa kingdoms, controlled by political, clan or religious militias, which replace the state. Following the fall of General Muammar el-Gaddafi’s brutal dictatorship in 2011, elections were held that were disrespected by the armed groups. The result is anarchy and protracted civil wars, with two major centers of power in Tripoli and Tobruk, and parallel networks of alliances with local factions.

The reintegration roadmaps have failed due to the opposition of hundreds of militias who de facto control one of the continent’s richest countries thanks to its vast oil reserves. The United Nations has facilitated the dialogue process through agreements with both sides in the city of Geneva, but all its initiatives have been frustrated and mutual mistrust prevails.

Source: La Verdad


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