Libya agrees election for Constitution assembly

Libya agrees election for Constitution assembly

Nouri Abusahmain, president of the General National Congress (GNC), speaking during a ceremony in Tripoli. Photo: Reuters Nouri Abusahmain, president of the General National Congress (GNC), speaking during a ceremony in Tripoli. Photo: Reuters Libya will elect an assembly on February 20 to draft a constitution intended to ad­vance transition to democracy and break political stalemate more than two years after a Nato-backed uprising toppled Muammar Gaddafi.

The North African country is caught up in chaos with its Congress deadlocked between Islamists and a leading nationalist party, and its nascent army struggling to assert itself against unruly former rebels, tribal groups and Islamist militants.

Just hours before the congress decision late on Thursday, gunmen kidnapped the son of Libya’s special forces commander in Benghazi, later calling the colonel to demand he withdraw troops in return for his son’s release, state news agency Lana said.

At least one soldier was killed, medical and security sources said, after troops clashed with gunmen in the eastern city. Militants from the hardline Islamist Ansar al-Sharia group have been fighting troops there.

Setting the date for the vote was a small step in a transition that has frustrated Libyans since the fall of Gaddafi with the fragile government […]

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