Protesters disrupt Libyan congress' vote on new government

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TRIPOLI, Libya — Protesters stormed Libya’s General National Congress on Tuesday, just as representatives were moving to vote on a government after months of political stalemate.

The protesters said they objected to several nominees in Prime Minister Ali Zidan’s proposed 27-member cabinet, including the minister of Islamic affairs, who they said was a secularist.

Amid the disruption, congressional leader Mohamed Yusuf al-Magariaf adjourned the vote until this morning.

The political impasse is rooted in an ongoing power struggle, as towns, tribes, Islamists and liberals compete for a say in the post-Moammar Gadhafi order.

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