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Attacks, abductions, boycott & bloodshed 'pave way' to Libyan democracy

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Published on Jul 7, 2012

It's been a rocky start to Libya's first elections in half a century. Armed gangs have stormed a polling station in the North, while boycotts, shootings and abductions have affected voting across the country. In Benghazi, where last year's uprising began, protesters this morning burned ballot papers, and decried the vote 'a sham'. In all, more than a hundred polling stations failed to open. Over 3,700 candidates are vying for seats in Parliament - predicted to be dominated by Islamists. Today, less than a year since Muammar Gaddafi was executed by a crowd of revolutionaries, it seems the country is more divided than ever. Former rebel commanders and tribal chiefs fight for power across Libya, with little hope that elections will stop the violence. RT's Lucy Kafanov reports.
More on how the voting's going - and where it's going, RT talks to Reese Erlich, journalist and contributor for monthly magazine The Progressive.

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