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Low turnout and violence in Libya election

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Low turnout and violence in Libya election

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Turnout in Libya’s parliamentary elections is reported to have been low on Wednesday.

Interim prime minister Abdullah al-Thinni made sure to vote but it appears that less than half of the 1.5 million Libyans registered cast their ballots.

Fears of violence and high temperatures have been blamed for the low number of voters with some polling stations remaining closed all day.

In Benghazi at least five people were reported killed in heavy clashes between Islamists and government forces.

Libya called elections last month in an attempt to strengthen the government’s authority.

Without a functioning government and parliament Tripoli is struggling to impose authority over heavily armed rebels, militias and tribes who helped overthrow Muammar Gaddafi three years ago.

They are now trying to defy the state and Libya’s national army, still in training, is no match for them.