6 Jul
Nervous Libyans ready for first taste of democracy | Reuters
By Marie-Louise Gumuchian and Hadeel Al Shalchi
TRIPOLI - Libyans will vote in their first free national poll in more than half a century on Saturday amid fears that violence could taint an election meant to usher in a temporary national assembly and draw a line under Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year autocratic reign.
Voters will select a 200-member assembly that will choose a cabinet to replace the self-appointed interim government and also pick a new prime minister. Many of the 3,700 candidates have strong Islamic agendas.
The chamber was also due to appoint a committee charged with drafting a new constitution. But Libya’s transitional rulers announced on Thursday this body would also be elected directly by Libyans - a move one analyst said was a bid to appease federalists that have urged a boycott of Saturday’s vote.
FULL ARTICLE (Reuters)
Photo: REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny

Nervous Libyans ready for first taste of democracy | Reuters

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian and Hadeel Al Shalchi

TRIPOLI - Libyans will vote in their first free national poll in more than half a century on Saturday amid fears that violence could taint an election meant to usher in a temporary national assembly and draw a line under Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year autocratic reign.

Voters will select a 200-member assembly that will choose a cabinet to replace the self-appointed interim government and also pick a new prime minister. Many of the 3,700 candidates have strong Islamic agendas.

The chamber was also due to appoint a committee charged with drafting a new constitution. But Libya’s transitional rulers announced on Thursday this body would also be elected directly by Libyans - a move one analyst said was a bid to appease federalists that have urged a boycott of Saturday’s vote.

FULL ARTICLE (Reuters)

Photo: REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny

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