• Gunmen storm Libyan parliament, disrupts PM election


    TRIPOLI: A group of gunmen stormed the Libyan parliament on Tuesday afternoon, disrupting the session to elect a new prime minister.

    The gunmen dashed into the parliament hall when the interim parliament, General National Congress (GNC), was in a second round to select a new prime minister to substitute ousted Prime Minister Ali Zeidan.

    Local TV footages showed that the gunmen fired several rounds, leaving some wounded. Some lawmakers were running away from the parliament building.

    The GNC was forced to abandon the vote on the two candidates who outstood the total seven candidates in the first round voting.

    Ahmed Motaiq, a 42-year-old businessman from the western city of Misrata, and Omar Hassi, a political science professor from the eastern city of Benghazi, were set to compete in the second round.

    It is now unclear about the identities of the gunmen and their motives. PNA


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