Libya votes in general election after years of crisis

Defying the turmoil roiling their nation Libyans vote in parliament elections, the third nationwide balloting since the toppling of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi, at a polling station in Benghazi, Libya, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Photo - AP
Libyans went to the polls Wednesday in parliamentary elections meant to bring a measure of stability that has been elusive in the turmoil-weary North African nation.
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.

Some 1.5 million people are eligible to vote Wednesday, but those in the eastern part of the country could face difficulty accessing polls because of lingering violence in the region.

The militias that helped topple Gadhaffi 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.

Source –  Agencies
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