Libya relocates parliament in light of violent protests

Published March 3rd, 2014 - 02:02 GMT

In light of recent protests, Libya's interim parliament has abandoned its usual government building and has relocated to a five-star hotel, according to the Associated Press Monday.

AP sources confirmed that the parliament moved to the new downtown location after "protestors and armed rioters" who stormed the policymakers' building this week, leaving one guard dead and six MPs wounded.

Agence France Presse reported earlier this week that dozens of protestors entered the parliament headquarters demanding that the parliamentary body resign. Parliament Spokesman Omar Hmidan said that the protestors later "attacked and abused" parliament deputies, including officials' cars. Another MP said the protestors entered with knives and sticks and were chanting "resign, resign."

The parliament has come under the Libyan people's severe scrutiny and criticism who accuse the parliament of corruption and "failing to provide a better life" since the oust of former dictator Moammar Gaddafi three years ago.

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