Libyan PM announces government reshuffle   2014-01-08 23:52:34            

TRIPOLI, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- Libyan interim government will continue its work despite groups pressure by force and arms put on Libyan parliament to withdraw the confidence from the government, as Libyan PM Ali Zeidan said on Wednesday.

Speaking at a press conference, Zeidan announced that the government will be reshuffled and technocrats will be called to join it. The statement followed the protests staged on Tuesday night in front of the General national Congress (GNC) by demonstrators calling for GNC' s withdrawal of Zeidan government confidence.

Zeidan said that protesters sealed off all the gates of the GNC building by the end of the evening session on Tuesday, preventing the congress members leave the place.

GNC president Nuri Abu Sahmin said that the Parliament Consultation Committee held an overnight session on Tuesday with GNC blocs to discuss the memorandum submitted by 72 congressmen over the withdrawal of Zeidan Government's confidence and the set up of crisis Government. He added that the session ended up without any decision.

A congress member said anonymously that external forces have been pushing the Libyan parliament to dismiss Ali Zeidan's Cabinet, particularly the Islamist groups, as Libyan local newspaper "Libya Al Mostakbal" reported on Wednesday.

The war torn North African country still struggles to establish democratic institutions as tens of armed militias groups still control the cities and towns across the entire national territory.

The political standoff is even worsened by the enduring oil export blockade in the eastern region which caused big loss in the oil revenues. The Libyan government has recently warned that it will not be able to cover the 2014 budget's expenses.

Editor: yan
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