The protesters were demonstrating against deteriorating living conditions and political impasse, Libyan media reported.
Protesters stormed Libya’s parliament building in the eastern city of Tobruk, demonstrating against deteriorating living conditions and political impasse, Libyan media reported.
Several television channels reported on Friday that protesters had managed to enter the parliament building and carried out acts of vandalism, while media showed images of thick columns of black smoke rising from its perimeter as angry young protesters burned tires.
According to other media, part of the building burned down. The parliament building was empty as Friday falls on Saturday and Sunday in Libya.
“We want the lights on,” the protesters chanted.
Demonstrations were also held in other cities earlier on Friday, al-Wasat reported. In the capital Tripoli, in the western part of the country, several hundred people gathered in a central square where they protested against armed militias and demanded better electricity supply and lower bread prices.
Images from the protest in Tobruk in the east of the country showed a protester driving a bulldozer that managed to break down part of a gate, allowing other demonstrators to enter the parliament building more easily. Other protesters, some waving green flags of the Gaddafi regime, threw official documents into the air.
Libya suffered several days of power outages, exacerbated by the blockade of several oil facilities amid political rivalry.
MP Balkheir Alshaab told Libya’s Al-Ahrar channel: “We must admit our failure and withdraw from the political scene immediately.”
Libya’s parliament, or House of Representatives, is based in Tobruk, hundreds of kilometers east of the capital Tripoli, following the east-west split in 2014 following the uprising that ousted longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi three years earlier.
Libyan news site al-Wasat reported that protesters in Tobruk were demanding the dissolution of parliament and new elections. At the same time, the protests were also directed against the poor living conditions in the country.
Recent weeks have also seen repeated clashes between armed groups in Tripoli, raising fears of a return to full-scale conflict.
Two governments are currently fighting for power in Libya.
In the capital Tripoli, the leadership is led by interim Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeiba. At the same time, the government of former interior minister Fathi Bashagha is claiming power for itself. The latter is allied with the parliament in Tobruk, to the east.
A peace process that began in 2020 tried to bring the country back together. However, after scheduled elections were suspended in December, the eastern-based parliament declared Abdul Hamid Dbeiba’s interim unity government expired and appointed Fathi Bashaga to replace him.
Earlier this month, intense fighting broke out between two powerful militias from western Libya. Local media identified the armed groups as the Navasi Brigade – a militia loyal to Bashaga – and the Support Stability Forces, which support Abdul Hamid Dbeiba.
The motive for the fighting was not immediately apparent, but it was the latest violence to rock the country two competing prime ministers Struggle for power.
The United Nations said on Thursday that talks between rival Libyan institutions aimed at breaking the deadlock had failed to resolve key differences.
While some progress has been made, it has not been enough to move forward with elections, with the two sides still at loggerheads over who can run for president, said the UN’s top envoy for Libya, Stephanie Williams, who facilitated the talks. .