TRIPOLI, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Libya's newly-elected parliament held its first session on Monday afternoon in the eastern city of Tobruk amid fierce fighting in the capital Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi.
The session took place as rival militias continued fighting around Tripoli's international airport in an attempt to take control of the air hub. Also in Benghazi renegade General Khalifa Haftar's operation "dignity" against Islamist militant groups is still going on, in which warplanes are used in attacking militant strongholds.
The new parliament held its first session in a heavily guarded hotel in the eastern city of Tobruk, as the fierce fighting in the capital Tripoli and Benghazi made it unsafe for a parliamentary meeting.
The new parliament replaces Libya's former General National Congress amid poor security conditions with many rival armed groups out of the government's control.
According to Ministry of Health, the fighting, which started almost three weeks ago, has killed over 200 people and injured almost 1,000, while thousands more have been displaced inside and outside of the country.
After the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has been suffering a security vacuum as it desperately attempts to make a democratic political transition.
UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- The UN mission in Libya hopes that the newly elected parliament can lead efforts to end surging violence and promote political process, a UN spokesperson said Monday.
"The mission hopes that the elected council will lead the efforts to safeguard the security, safety, unity and sovereignty of Libya, and help to create an environment that fosters an inclusive political dialogue," said Vannina Maestracci, assistant spokesperson for UN chief at a regular briefing at the UN headquarters.Full Story
WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- The governments of Britain, France, Italy, Germany and the United States on Monday applauded Libya's new parliament for holding its first session amid continuing conflicts between rival militias.
Members of the Libyan Council of Representatives met in the eastern city of Tobruk, as clashes were continuing in the capital city of Tripoli as well as in the eastern city of Benghazi.Full Story