Wild scenes as country's parliament set alight by protesters

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Protesters have broken into Libya's parliament in Tobruk and set a fire in front of the building to express their anger towards Libya's warring political parties, witnesses say.

Security forces protecting the parliament withdrew from the site, the witnesses added.

Libya has witnessed truly chaotic scenes as the country descends further into disarray.
Libya has witnessed truly chaotic scenes as the country descends further into disarray. Source: Twitter

Demonstrations took place on Friday in Tobruk, Benghazi and some smaller towns over a failure of government.

Libya has been in chaos since the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.

In 2014, it split between warring eastern and western factions before a peace process beginning in 2020 tried to knit the country back together.

However, after a scheduled election was halted in December, the eastern-based parliament said the interim unity government of Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah had expired and it appointed Fathi Bashagha to replace him.

People protest against a power outage in Tripoli, Libya on July 1
People protest against a power outage in Tripoli, Libya on July 1. Source: Reuters

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