Wednesday, October 31, 2012
TRIPOLI, Libya — Protesters stormed Libya’s General National Congress on Tuesday, just as representatives were moving to vote on a government after months of political stalemate.
The protesters said they objected to several nominees in Prime Minister Ali Zidan’s proposed 27-member cabinet, including the minister of Islamic affairs, who they said was a secularist.
Amid the disruption, congressional leader Mohamed Yusuf al-Magariaf adjourned the vote until this morning.
The political impasse is rooted in an ongoing power struggle, as towns, tribes, Islamists and liberals compete for a say in the post-Moammar Gadhafi order.