The Libyan parliament was engulfed in protests

Libya has been burning like gunpowder since the end of Muammar Gaddafi’s rule. This time the country’s parliament building shone. Demonstrations took place in various cities across the country last Friday, demanding a reduction in living standards and elections. Protesters stormed and set fire to the Parliament House of Representatives building in the eastern city of Tobru.
Several local Libyan television channels have shown black smoke from the parliament building area. It is alleged that the smoke came from the burning tires of the protesters. Other media outlets, however, say protesters stormed the parliament building, setting it ablaze and setting it on fire. The fire burned some parts of the parliament building. No casualties were reported as the parliament building was empty on Friday.

Pictures spread online show protesters smashing the gates of the parliament building with bulldozers. They easily entered the building. There, protesters set fire to officials’ cars. Later, they started breaking down the walls of the parliament building using various tools. Others fly the green flag of the Gaddafi regime. They threw away office papers.

There are two governments in Libya. They are at war with each other to rule the whole country. The western part of the country, including the capital Tripoli, is occupied by a government whose prime minister is Abdul Hamid Dibai. The unifying name of this internationally recognized government is the Government of National Unity (GNU).

Libya’s long-awaited general election was due to take place last December. But after that election was postponed, the Tobruk-based parliament appointed Fatih in his place as the term of the head of the interim government, Dibai, expired. However, Dibai has been claiming that the appointment is illegal. General Khalifa Haftar and his forces, which occupy most of the eastern part of the country, have been supporting the Libyan National Army.

They condemned for this.

But Tripoli-based caretaker Prime Minister Dibai has spoken out on Twitter in support of the protesters. He called for elections.

Political rivalries are hampering the development of several oil fields in Libya. There is no electricity for a few days. Protesters say they need electricity to continue their daily work.

The Libyan channel Al-Ahra quoted lawmaker Ziad Daghim as saying on Friday, “I call on all my colleagues, as well as members of the High Council of State (Libya’s Supreme Advisory Council), to resign in order to respect the will of the Libyan people and preserve Libya’s stability.”

“We must admit failure and move away from the political scene immediately,” said another lawmaker, Balkheir Alshab.

The United Nations said on Thursday that talks between rival Libyan institutions aimed at ending the country’s political stalemate had failed to resolve key differences.

Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh and High Council of State President Khaled al-Misri met in Geneva for three days of talks at the United Nations to discuss a draft constitutional framework for elections. However, he did not make much progress in the talks.