Libya to go to polls June 25 as planned

A Libyan man casts his vote to elect a constituent assembly, in the eastern city of Benghazi on February 20, 2014Libya is to go to the polls on June 25 as planned, despite a political crisis with rival governments contesting power, the country’s High National Elections Commission announced Thursday. Imad al-Sayeh, the panel’s president, urged Libyans to register on electoral lists by a midnight deadline. The elections are to replace the General National Congress, the interim parliament which has served as post-Kadhafi Libya’s highest political authority. The GNC was elected in July 2012, in Libya’s first ever free polls, almost one year after the revolution which ousted the regime of longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi.

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