End Times and Current Events

General Category => ISLAM: Religion of peace ? => Topic started by: Psalm 51:17 on July 07, 2012, 03:09:48 pm

Title: Libyans hold 1st nationwide vote in decades
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 07, 2012, 03:09:48 pm
Posting it in this forum b/c there's a chance that the Islam party may win these elections. If they don't, will move this thread to its appropriate forum...



TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) Jubilant Libyans chose a new parliament Saturday in their first nationwide vote in decades, but violence and protests in the restive east underscored the challenges ahead as the oil-rich North African nation struggles to restore stability after the ouster of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

One person was killed and two wounded in a gunbattle between security forces and anti-election protesters in the eastern city of Ajdabiya, according to the head of the election commission. Nouri al-Abari said the polling center targeted by the protesters was later reopened and voting commenced normally.

The shooting followed a spate of attacks on polling centers in the eastern half of the country, which was the cradle of the revolution against Gadhafi but has become increasingly angry over the perceived domination of power by rivals in Tripoli.

The vote capped a chaotic transition that has exposed major fault lines ranging from the east-west divide to efforts by Islamists to assert power.