Protesters in Libya take the streets in view of ‘awful living conditions’
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Libyan Observer: Tripoli, among other cities in Libya, saw angry protesters taking to the streets on Friday in protest of the “awful living conditions” as well as the continuous power cuts and the hike in bread prices, let alone the shortage of cash in banks.

In Tripoli, protesters went to the Martyrs Square speaking out anger over the long hours of power outages and high bread prices, blaming the Presidential Council and other political bodies for the miserable living conditions.

They also demanded the official political figures to step down and called for speeding up holding elections.

Protests, which started on Wednesday in Tripoli’s Hay Al-Andalus, spread to burdened fellow citizens in Sabratha, Sorman, Zintan and others.

People have been burdened since 2015 with troubling living conditions, including lack of cash in banks and high exchange rates in black market leading to a hike in prices.

Libyan rivals agreed on a declaration of principles in Paris on May 29 that would see Libya go to elections in December, having approved a constitutional basis by September 16.

The House of Representatives is set to vote for approving a referendum for the constitution on Monday in Tobruk, eastern Libya, however; some say the session could not be convened and couldn’t get the needed quorum as many east-based MPs voiced their abstinence from going to that session.

Meanwhile, loyalists to the commander of the self-styled army Khalifa Haftar reject the current constitution draft and demand elections be held first as the constitution contains articles that deprive Haftar from running for president.

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