Militiamen attack Libya election commission

Tribal leaders and militia commanders want a fair number of seats in the 200-member National Assembly to be elected on July 07.

Last Updated: Jul 02, 2012, 09:17 AM IST

Cairo: A Libyan militia commander says protesters have stormed the headquarters of the election commission in eastern city of Benghazi, setting voting slips on fire.

Fadallah Haroun, the commander of a former rebel group, says he joined protesters in Sunday’s attack, and that two other cities in eastern Libya have witnessed similar incidents.

"We want justice," Haroun said, echoing demands by other eastern tribal leaders and militia commanders.

They want a fair number of seats in the 200-member National Assembly to be elected on July 07. That will be the first nationwide election since last year`s revolt toppled longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

The revolt started in Benghazi, the largest city in eastern Libya, which suffered marginalisation under Gaddafi`s rule. Leaders there charge that their situation has not improved.

PTI