Libya: cabinet, parliament to take office Saturday in Tobruk

Security measures ahead of the session, death toll rises to 214

01 August, 20:16

    Libyans vote for the  new parliament which will take office on Saturday Libyans vote for the new parliament which will take office on Saturday

    (ANSAmed) - ROME - The new Libyan House of Representatives elected on June 25 will probably take office Saturday in Tobruk, and not on August 4 in Tripoli, as requested Thursday by the outgoing National Congress.

    Interim Premier Abdullah al Thani is in nearby al Bayda ''to follow preparations for the meeting of the House of Representatives Saturday in Tobruk'', according to the interior ministry's Facebook profile quoted by the Libya Herald.

    The security department of the city, 50 km east of Benghazi, is also working on security ahead of the first session.

    Meanwhile, according to reports posted on social networks, over 100 lawmakers have already reached Tobruk, the legal number required by the Constitution for the first sessions.

    Initially the transfer of power had been scheduled on August 4 in Benghazi but violence in the main city of Cyrenaica led to the change in plans.

    Meanwhile the number of victims from clashes in Tripoli and Benghazi over the past few weeks has risen to 214 while 981 others have been injured, the Libyan health ministry was quoted as saying by local reports on Friday. The toll was reportedly last updated on July 30. In particular, 102 people died in Tripoli, 77 in Benghazi and 35 in Marj. The data released by the ministry is based on the toll provided by local hospitals.(ANSAmed).

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