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Libyan Newswire

Nation Holds Parliamentary Election

Libyans are voting Wednesday for a new parliament as the country seeks an end to the turmoil that has persisted since the overthrow of former leader Moammar Gadhaffi.

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 : Voice of America