Libya's outgoing provisional Congress 'plans to reopen'

AFPAugust 23, 2014
Libyans gather during a protest against the new nationalist-dominated parliament on August 8, 2014, in the capital Tripoli
Libyans gather during a protest against the new nationalist-dominated parliament on August 8, 2014, in the capital Tripoli (AFP Photo/Mahmud Turkia)

Tripoli (AFP) - Libya's outgoing provisional General National Congress (GNC) is to resume operations despite being superseded by an elected national parliament, its spokesman said on Saturday.

"The General National Congress will hold an emergency meeting in Tripoli to save the country's sovereignty," spokesman Omar Ahmidan said on a local television station.

He made the announcement after Islamists said they have lost confidence in the new parliament, holed up in the eastern city of Tobruk because of the violence in the capital Tripoli.

The Islamists, who dominated the Congress, accuse parliament of colluding with Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, which they allege carried out air raids on Islamist fighters near Tripoli.