Libya’s congress suspends sessions after assassination attempt on Magariaf

A car belonging to head of the GNC, Mohammed al-Magariaf, was shot at during the demonstration, in what was described as an assassination attempt. (Reuters)

Libya’s General National Congress (GNC) decided to suspend its meetings until it guarantees that an incident last week which it described as "Tuesday's tragedy" does not repeat.

Hundreds of Libyans gathered outside the GNC headquarters Tuesday to press for the adoption of a political isolation law banning officials under former Leader Muammar Qaddafi's government from assuming power.

A car belonging to head of the GNC, Mohammed al-Magariaf, was shot at during the demonstration, in what was described as an assassination attempt, but he was not injured.

Magariaf said in a press conference held on Saturday evening that suspending the congress' meetings was due to many reasons, including the lack of a hall to hold meetings in.

He also refused holding meetings under any forms of pressure, terrorism or at gunpoint.

The GNC expected the Libyans to express their demands by legitimate means rather than violence and the use of force, he added.

The congress confirmed that it intends to resume implementing its tasks which the people assigned for it during the July 7 elections and that it will work to provide halls to convene.

Magariaf also said that the congress' commissions will resume holding their meetings to prepare draft laws, adding that the first of these will be the state budget draft law.

The state budget, the constitutional entitlement and the isolation law among others have been disrupted because of the violent protest.
 

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