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Libya Prepares for Historic National Election

Libya holds a landmark election July 7, 2012 to elect a new government:

  • Voters will elect a national assembly, tasked with creating the country's constitution
  • Nearly three million voters are eligible to cast ballots to fill the 200 seat assembly
  • Roughly 1,400 candidates and 71 political parties have applied to run
  • The election date was moved from June to July, due to logistical problems
  • Parliamentary and presidential elections are expected around mid-2013
  • The last time Libya had a multi-party election was in 1952