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Friday 2nd November 2012

Nearly 100 Libyan fighters backed by artillery have circled and occupied the national assembly in protest over the new prime minister’s cabinet lineup.

The demonstration that erupted on Wednesday night has drawn dozens of former rebels from Tripoli and other cities, some of them formally affiliated with the defence and interior ministries,AFP has reported..

“What is happening and the scale of what is going on is very grave,” Othman Ben Sassi, an official linked to the national assembly, which was not in session on Thursday is reported saying, adding that ex-rebels were occupying the assembly and other official buildings.

An AFP journalist at the scene said that traffic leading to the assembly and the luxury Rixos hotel was blocked by a dozen 4×4 vehicles and pickup trucks mounted with artillery.

A man from the western city of Misurata, Abdel Jalil Maziq, was quoted saying: “We are demonstrating against the national assembly and its chosen government because it is made up of remnants of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime. The world helped us overthrow the tyrant and now here we are stuck with remnants of his regime.”

The complaints centred on members of the new prime minister’s cabinet, which was approved by the assembly on Wednesday. The main ministers to have sparked controversy are those of health, foreign affairs, international cooperation, higher education and religious affairs.

Rights activist Abdelmenam al-Hor was quoted saying: “These five are the most problematic.” He went on to say that they had played a role in upholding the former regime and should be removed.

Libya’s national assembly gave its approval on Wednesday to a cabinet presented by Prime Minister Ali Zidan, weeks after rejecting his predecessor’s line-up. The prime minister and his cabinet still have to be sworn in.

On Tuesday protesters who barged into the assembly managed to derail a first session on the cabinet, which was hastily approved in a Wednesday vote-of-confidence as demonstrations erupted outside the building.

Source: Tripoli Post

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