Tripoli - Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan's government on
Sunday accused two lawmakers from an Islamist party of involvement in
orchestrating his brief kidnapping by one of the militias whose rivalries
threaten to spiral into war.
Two years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya's fragile
government is crippled by infighting, unable to disarm former militia fighters
in a country still awash with weapons from the Gaddafi era.
Former rebels briefly seized Zeidan last week from a Tripoli
hotel during a dawn raid, only to release him hours later, in an abduction he
blamed later on his enemies in the General National Congress assembly.
"There are forces who want to obstruct the construction
of the state," Zeidan told reporters on Sunday.
His government accused two members of the GNC, Mustafa
al-Tariki and Muhammed al-Kilani, for involvement in the incident.
Both lawmakers rejected the accusations.
But the brief abduction and those charges will increase
tensions in Libya, where the central government and the GNC are already
deadlocked by political divisions and rival groups of former rebel fighters are
still imposing their will at gunpoint.
Zeidan, a liberal, has been facing a possible vote of no
confidence from members of the GNC, especially those from the Islamist Justice
and Construction Party, and independents who say he has mishandled a wave of
protests that have shut down oil ports and slashed exports in the OPEC
The premier said Libya had lost 6 billion Libyan dinars
($4.89bn) from oil protests that began months ago and at one point cut crude
production to less than half of the normal 1.4 million barrels per day.
Militias who took over the ports are among several
semi-official armed groups who are testing the government's authority, and
threatening to push Libya deeper into chaos.
The gunmen who snatched Zeidan - former anti-Gaddafi rebels
now on the government payroll - said they acted because of reports the
government had been informed in advance of a U.S. raid to capture an al-Qaeda
suspect in Libya.