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Libyan democracy: Regional division, bloodshed mar first post-Gaddafi poll


Libyans have voted in the country’s first elections since ousting Muammar Gaddafi. However, reports of pro-autonomy activists attacking ballots and continued unrest by militia groups could see Libya’s democratic dreams go up in smoke.

One person was killed and two wounded in a gunfight between anti-election protesters and security forces in the eastern city of Ajdabiya, the head of the country’s electoral commission said. Police were responding to an attack on a polling station.

Protesters also torched ballot boxes in 14 of 19 polling stations in Ajdabiya, former rebel commander Ibrahim Fayed stated.

Polling centers were also targeted in other cities in the east of the country, including Benghazi, Brega and Ras Lanouf.

In Benghazi, anti-election protesters attacked a polling station and set fire to ballot slips. Activists burned hundreds of ballot papers, demanding greater representation.

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