| TRIPOLI, April 6
TRIPOLI, April 6 Some 30 Libyan lawmakers plan
to remove parliamentary president Nouri Abu Sahmain, the
country's top official, over a leaked video in which he was
grilled by an unknown questioner over a visit by two women to
his house, one of them said on Sunday.
A week ago, Libya's Attorney General said it had launched an
investigation into the video, which has been widely circulated
on the country's news websites. The alleged visit and later
questioning had sparked an outrage in the Muslim country.
The lawmakers' action has the potential to damage Abu
Sahmain, who is the top army commander and has
quasi-presidential powers, or force him even to resign at a time
of growing turmoil in the oil-producing North African country.
Lawmaker Abu Bakr Madur told a televised news conference
while surrounded by colleagues that Abu Sahmain had lost the
trust of the Libyan people and lied about the visit.
"If he doesn't resign himself, he will have to be removed
and have to lose his parliamentary seat," he said, adding that
Abu Sahmain had also overstepped his duties by threatening
eastern rebels occupying oil ports with a military offensive.
Two deputies told Reuters that around 30 members of
parliament supported the plan to remove Abu Sahmain.
At the time of the incident in January, rumours surfaced
across Libya that Abu Sahmain had been briefly detained by a
militia group to question him about the women. He strongly
denied then that he had been kidnapped.
The video showed Abu Sahmain, who has denied any wrongdoing,
looking nervous under the questioning. It was apparently filmed
without his knowledge.
Libya's transition parliament has more than 120 deputies.
Three years after the ouster of veteran leader Muammar
Gaddafi, Libya is grappling with chaos and anarchy as the weak
Tripoli government struggles to control the militias who toppled
him. Armed factions have seized oilfields and detained officials
at will to make political and financial demands.
(Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Eric Walsh)