Libyan parliament holds first meeting

The meeting was held in the eastern city of Tobruk and attended by representatives of the U.N., Arab League and OIC.

Libyan parliament holds first meeting

World Bulletin / News Desk

he new Libyan parliament held its first session on Monday in the eastern city of Tobruk, urging dialogue with armed militias and cooperation with neighboring countries.

"Libya extends its hands of cooperation to neighboring countries to bring about peace in the region," said Abu Bakr Baera, who chaired the session.

He denied that Libya has become a "failed state."

"Libya will soon become a model country," Baera said.

He went on to call for dialogue with armed militias in the country.

Libya has been plagued by heavy fighting between a loosely organized army and militias that clung to their weapons following a bloody uprising that ended the autocracy of long-serving ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

The capital Tripoli has been the scene of fierce clashes between warring militias over control of several vital facilities in the city.

Benghazi, the country's second largest city, has also turned into a battlefield between troops loyal to reneged general Khalifa Haftar and Ansar Al-Sharia militia.

Monday's session was attended by 170 out of the 188 elected MPs.

They are expected to elect a speaker and a deputy later today.

The session was attended and addressed by representatives of the U.N., Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), among others.

The new parliament assumes legislative authority from the General National Congress whose mandate ended months ago.

A total of 188 Libyan candidates managed to win the parliamentary elections that were held on June 25.

Some 12 parliamentary seats remain vacant because of Libya's deteriorating security conditions.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Ağustos 2014, 17:46