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Libya's first landmark national election begins

07-07-2012 19:01 BJT Special Report:Libya in Post-Gaddafi Era |

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Libyan voters have begun casting their votes at polling stations in the country's first free national election in 60 years.

Being held amid fears of violence and calls for a boycott, the election is hailed as a milestone on the path toward democracy after the toppling of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in the civil war.

There are four major contenders in the race, ranging from a Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated party to a secular-minded party led by a Western-educated former rebel prime minister.

Libya's Prime Minister Abdurrahim El-Keib casts his ballot during the National
Assembly election at a polling station in Tripoli July 7, 2012.
 

Libyan voters will select a 200-member assembly that will choose a cabinet to replace the self-appointed interim government.The new chamber will also pick a new prime minister and help draft a constitution aimed at turning Libya into a unified, stable state.

The voting is set to end at eight p.m. local time and results are expected within a week.

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: CNTV.CN

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