Gunmen storm Libya parliament, halt vote on new PM

By Mohamed al-Nagem, Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Militants stormed the Libyan parliament on Tuesday, forcing lawmakers to suspend a vote to elect a new prime minister.

Militants stormed the Libyan parliament on Tuesday, forcing lawmakers to suspend a vote to elect a new prime minister.

TRIPOLI – Militants stormed the Libyan parliament on Tuesday, forcing lawmakers to suspend a vote to elect a new prime minister.

The militants broke into the parliament compound and opened fire into the air as legislators were holding a second round of vote to elect the new premier, according to an Anadolu Agency correspondent.

The vote has been postponed to Wednesday, one lawmaker told AA.

In the first round, businessman Ahmed Maiteeq and lawyer Omar al-Hasi topped the seven candidates.

Eyewitnesses said the militants were linked to one of the defeated candidates.

Libya has struggled to restore order and contain rampant militancy with the armed militias that helped overthrow late Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 holding onto their weapons.

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