Gunmen who stormed and occupied Libya’s parliament have ended their siege after being able to meet with Prime Minister Ali Zidan.
As reported, the gunmen broke through security forces late Wednesday to gain access to the parliament. Local reports say the gunmen were backed by additional forces surrounding the parliament, with around a dozen trucks with anti-aircraft guns patrolling nearby streets and blocking traffic.
The gunmen, reported to be around 200, were upset that the 30-member Cabinet includes former members of Moammar Gadhafi’s deposed regime.
Without mentioning the incident, the U.S. State Department Friday congratulated the formation of Libya’s new government.
“The United States congratulates the Libyan people on the formation of a government,” said Victoria Nuland, U.S. Department spokesperson in a press statement.
“This is a critical milestone in their democratic transition. We encourage the country’s leaders to build democratic and security institutions and to promote economic development and the rule of law. The Libyan people fought a difficult revolution in order to enjoy a democratic future with peace, security and prosperity,” the statement continued, adding, “The United States looks forward to working closely with the new government and is committed to supporting the Libyan people during this historic transition.”