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Libyans vote in historic post-Gaddafi election

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Libyans vote in historic post-Gaddafi election


Libyans go to the polls later today in what is being described as the country’s first free election for more than half a century.

Ruled by Muammar Gaddafi for 42 years, voters are optimistic those chosen to sit in the 200 member assembly can build a better Libya.

Mohammed, a Tripoli resident, said the country’s oil wealth should fund better education and healthcare, so they could attain the standards found abroad.

One resident of Sirte, Gaddafi’s birthplace, said Libya needs stability and security.
He said he wants a real leader and that all Libyans should vote to serve their country and their fellow citizens.

The assembly will name a prime minister and a cabinet, while the self-appointed National Transitional Council will be disbanded.

A key challenge for its successors will be building a sustainable coalition between Libya’s different tribal factions.

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