Protesters storm Libya’s eastern parliament building in Tobruk, local media reports – Henry Club

Libya is divided Between the warring factions since 2014, following the 2011 uprising against NATO-backed Moammar Gaddafi.

The country’s interim prime minister, Abdulhamid Dabibeh, heads the United Nations-backed Government of National Unity (GNU), based in Tripoli, in the western part of Libya. The parliament building in Tobruk, in the east of the country, is the seat of a rival government led by Prime Minister Fathi Busch.

Libyan media, including the internationally recognized government’s official news agency LANA and a major news outlet Almarsad, reported that protesters entered the building in Tobruk on Friday.

Reports said demonstrations have taken place in several cities, including Tripoli, over deteriorating living conditions and calls for the dissolution of political bodies.

Videos posted on social media showed protesters chanting “Long Live Libya” inside the parliament building. Other videos showed people collecting garbage and tires and setting fire to the front of the building. The building was empty when protesters stormed it.

Dabih said in a Twitter post that he is supporting the demands of protesters across the country.

“All [political] Bodies, including the government, should be left to the fore, and there is no way to do so other than by elections,” Dabeeh said, referring to Bashag’s government.

“The parties who obstructed the election know the people of Libya and they are the same people who disrupted the budget and shut down oil, which contributed to the escalation of the life crisis,” he said.

Dabibeh was appointed after UN mediation talks in Geneva last year. He was tasked with leading the transitional government in elections, but that process ended late last year due to disputes over electoral rules, including the legality of his own candidacy. According to his government, he survived an assassination attempt earlier this year.

After elections were postponed in December, Libya’s eastern parliament appointed Bashga to lead the country.

Dabiba does not recognize Bashga’s prime ministership, and Bashga accuses Dabiba of losing his mandate after the vote was postponed.

The GNU Interior Ministry issued a statement on Friday saying that all Libyans have the right to protest as long as they are peacefully protesting and “according to the laws”.