Libya: armed protesters occupy parliament vicinity

Associated Press
Young men representing ex-revolutionary militia groups, arriving from different towns in Libya, gather in front of the General National Congress (GNC) building in Tripoli, Libya, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. Since tuesday, armed protestors have cut the main road leading to the Parliament, vowing not to leave until members of the ousted regime of dictator Moammar Gadhafi are excluded from political life.  Five of the 27 ministers would be reconsidered, a spokesman said, after concerns were raised over their ties to the deposed regime. But that was not good enough for the protesters, who tried to storm the building but were turned back by security forces. (AP Photo/Gaia Anderson)
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TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Around 200 mostly armed protesters have occupied an area near Libya's parliament building, blocking nearby roads and beating up journalists in protest of the country's new Cabinet.

Thursday's action, in which an AP reporter was also beaten, is the third in a row staged by the group, which opposes the new government chosen Prime Minister Ali Zidan and endorsed by Congress.

They say the 30-member Cabinet includes former members of Moammar Gadhafi's deposed regime, and should undergo screening by a state body tasked with barring such people from government jobs.

The armed protests highlight the mounting challenges Libya faces a year after the fall of Gadhafi's dictatorship. The country is awash with weapons and armed groups.

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