Libyan government set for power handover in August
Libya’s General National Congress (GNC) says it is ready to hand over legislative power to a newly-elected parliament in August.
“Monday, August 4, has been set as the date for the transfer of power... to the elected chamber,” the GNC said in a statement on Wednesday.
The GNC has governed the country following the fall of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi in a popular uprising in 2011.
The announcement, however, was reportedly not enough to stop the violence in the country, especially among the armed groups who have been trying for over a week to control the main international airport in the capital Tripoli.
The airport has been controlled by militias from the town of Zintan since the overthrow of Gaddafi.
It has been shut down since July 13 because of the clashes between rival militias who have unleashed dozens of rocket attacks on the airport in a bid to bring it under their control.
Some 50 people have been killed and 120 injured in the attacks, according to the Health Ministry.
Nearly three years after Libya's revolution, the country is still grappling with rising insecurity and is witnessing numerous clashes between government forces and rival militia groups.
The former rebels refuse to lay down arms despite efforts by the central government to impose law and order.
Thousands of angry Libyan demonstrators have frequently taken to the streets in different cities to protest against insecurity in the North African country.