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    Libya Holds Parliamentary Election

    Electoral workers prepare to count ballots after polling stations closed in Tripoli June 25, 2014. Less than a third of Libyan voters had gone to the polls by late afternoon on Wednesday in a parliamentary election overshadowed by violence.
    Electoral workers prepare to count ballots after polling stations closed in Tripoli June 25, 2014. Less than a third of Libyan voters had gone to the polls by late afternoon on Wednesday in a parliamentary election overshadowed by violence.
    VOA News

    Voting has ended in a Libyan general election marred by low turnout and threats of violence.

    Fewer than half of the eligible voters cast their ballots Wednesday for a new parliament, as the country seeks an end to the turmoil that has persisted since the overthrow of former leader Moammar Gadhafi.

    More than 1,600 candidates are running for the 200 seats in the new body, with 32 of the seats designated for women.

    The lawmakers will replace a parliament that was elected in 2012 and that many blame for the lingering instability that included a dispute over selecting a prime minister last month.

    No voting took place in the flashpoint city of Derna in the east and some polls remained closed in at least two other areas.

    The militias that helped topple Gadhafi in 2011 have remained in Libya, carving out their own territories of control and some taking control of key ports that have hurt the country's ability to export oil.

    • People help a voter place his ballot paper into the box at a polling station inside a school in Tripoli, June 25, 2014.
    • An official helps a voter find his name before voting inside a school in Tripoli, June 25, 2014.
    • A man dips his finger in ink before casting his vote during a parliamentary election, in Al Bayda, Libya, June 25, 2014.
    • Election officials prepare for the vote in Tripoli June 24, 2014.
    • Election officials carry ballot boxes in a school ahead of elections in Tripoli, June 24, 2014.
    • An election official passes a voter registration board inside a school in Tripoli, June 24, 2014.
    • Election officials work inside a school ahead of elections in Tripoli, June 24, 2014.

     

     

     

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