Amid a fragile peace, Libyans vote in a new era | Sydney Morning Herald
By Ruth Pollard
For 42 years, the only face Libyans saw looming over their future was Muammar Gaddafi.
Now the faces of thousands of candidates line the crowded streets of Tripoli - many of them women - as Libya prepares to usher in a new era of freedom with today’s election for a 200-member national assembly.
But the newly minted politicians, tasked with naming a prime minister, enacting legislation and appointing a committee to draft a constitution, will take their seats as Libya’s already fragile transition from dictatorship to democracy comes under increasing pressure from militia violence across the divided country.