How do you postpone a Prime Ministerial election in Libya? You storm parliament, armed to the teeth. Don’t worry, the Libyan national congress will reschedule; they’re used to such disruptions.Today in Libya, several gunmen interrupted the second round of the country’s efforts to pick a PM, the BBC reports:
Correspondents say lawmakers left the building after hearing gunshots.The attempted vote followed the resignation of Abdullah al-Thinni, who stepped down as prime minister earlier this month after he and his family were targeted by militiamen. […]Earlier reports that several people had been wounded in the attack on Tuesday are unconfirmed.It is unclear who was behind the disturbance.The BBC’s Rana Jawad in Tripoli says Libya’s national congress has been stormed on dozens of occasions by gunmen over the past year and a half.
The election has been rescheduled for May 4. No point in wasting time.In other news from the ongoing debacle in Libya, insurgents have gained control of a secret American base near Tripoli set up as a training ground for Libya’s counterterrorism forces. Now groups with ties to al-Qaeda have taken up residence there, says The Daily Beast:
According to one U.S. official who is read into the training program, the camp today is considered a “denied area,” or a place where U.S. forces would have to fight their way in to gain access. Until now, the Western press has not reported that the base used to train Libyan special operations forces was seized by the militants those troops were supposed to find, fix and finish.The fact that the one-time training base for Libyan counter-terrorism teams is now the domain of terrorists is a poignant reminder the United States has yet to win its war with al Qaeda, despite the successful 2011 raid that killed its founder and leader.
You don’t say. We’d call it an embarrassment. Do read the whole thing.