Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

No strategy and a beige suit

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 29 August 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 29 August 2014

Read more

ENCORE!

Alain Choquette: A Hilarious Magician in Paris

Read more

FOCUS

France welcomes Iraqi Christian refugees

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Emmanuel Macron: A new economy minister with a pro-business agenda

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

More of this year's best Observers stories

Read more

#TECH 24

Changing the world, one video game at a time

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Socialist Party summer conference kicks off in explosive atmosphere

Read more

  • Exclusive: Fabius warns of further sanctions against Russia

    Read more

  • EU leaders meet in Brussels to seek a response to Russia

    Read more

  • IMF stands behind Lagarde amid French corruption probe

    Read more

  • Experimental Ebola drug ‘ZMapp’ heals all monkeys in study

    Read more

  • British killer escapes from French psychiatric hospital

    Read more

  • Ukraine to relaunch NATO membership bid

    Read more

  • Police hunt for British boy with brain tumour taken to France

    Read more

  • Suriname leader’s son pleads guilty to courting Hezbollah

    Read more

  • Mapping Ukraine: Canada and Russia in ‘tweet for tat’ row

    Read more

  • France shines in IMF list of world’s promising economists

    Read more

  • Chelsea’s Torres set for AC Milan switch

    Read more

  • First case of Ebola confirmed in Senegal

    Read more

  • West backs Ukrainian claims of Russian incursion

    Read more

  • Obama has 'no strategy yet' on potential Syria strikes

    Read more

  • Netflix to woo French with ‘House of Cards’ set in Marseille

    Read more

  • French businesses ‘hoping for a new Thatcher’

    Read more

  • The deleted tweets of Manuel Valls

    Read more

  • Libyan PM resigns as Islamists set up rival administration

    Read more

  • Syrian refugees surpass 3 million, UN says

    Read more

  • UN says 43 peacekeepers captured in Golan Heights

    Read more

  • Peru seizes record 6.5 tonnes of Europe-bound cocaine

    Read more

Africa

Protesters storm Libya's national assembly

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-10-30

Dozens of demonstrators stormed Libya's national assembly on Tuesday, disrupting a vote on new Prime Minister Ali Zeidan's (pictured) proposed cabinet line-up, saying they disapproved of some of the ministers nominated.

Dozens of protesters stormed Libya’s national assembly on Tuesday, disrupting a vote on a proposed government, saying they were unhappy with some of the nominated ministers.

The protesters, including civilians and former rebel fighters, charged into the hall as the General National Congress voted on new Prime Minister Ali Zeidan’s proposed cabinet line-up, which he had named earlier on Tuesday.

Members of the congress negotiated with the protesters to leave the room and the session was briefly halted.

The meeting later resumed before being disrupted a second time, leading congress leader Mohammed Magarief to announce the session was over.

“My advice would be to postpone the vote until tomorrow,” Magarief told congress. “What happened will not allow the congress to do its duty in the right way.”

Some congress members had questioned continuing the vote after the first disruption.

“You are continuing the vote in the wrong climate, we are now under pressure,” one said.

Another said the meeting should be moved to the eastern city of Baida, which he said was safer than Tripoli.

In chaotic scenes, protesters could be heard saying they were unhappy with some of Zeidan’s nominations and wanted to get their voices heard.

During the second interruption, some congress members could be scene on television walking in the centre of the hall as others continued to negotiate with the protesters to leave.

Zeidan on Tuesday presented a coalition cabinet drawn from liberal and Islamist parties to the national congress, which had rejected his predecessor’s line-up.

Congress elected Zeidan prime minister this month after his predecessor Mustafa Abushagur lost a confidence vote on his choice of ministers.

(REUTERS)

Date created : 2012-10-30

  • LIBYA

    Year after Gaddafi death, Libya ponders progress

    Read more

  • LIBYA

    Libyan national congress elects new prime minister

    Read more

  • LIBYA

    Libya's newly elected PM dismissed by parliament

    Read more

COMMENT(S)