Conflict escalates in Libya over parliament role
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — The largest bloc in Libya’s parliament is threatening to pull out if the body convenes past a Friday deadline for its dissolution set by the transition plan agreed after the country’s 2011 civil war.
Abdel-Maged Amlegita, of the mostly non-Islamist National Forces Alliance said on Tuesday that an extension of parliament’s mandate as proposed by Islamists would be “against democracy,” and that only a general referendum could legitimize such a move.
Outside the parliament building In Tripoli, pro-Alliance militia fired automatic rifles into the air.
Islamists and the Alliance have locked horns in the current parliament, derailing a hoped-for transition to democracy. Libya was scheduled to have a constitution, elections, and new parliament before Feb. 7.
Now, elections for the constituent panel will only take place mid-February.