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Is Libya ready for democracy?

Parliamentary elections are seen as an important step in the transition towards democratic governance.

Last updated: 25 Jun 2014 18:25
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Libyans have been voting in elections being viewed as crucial for shaping the future of the country.

The country has been wracked by violence and instability since the overthrow of long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

The government is at the mercy of heavily armed militias and has yet to build a strong army and police force. Voters are choosing a 200-member Council of Representatives which will draw up a new constitution.

But Libyans have failed to fully embrace the opportunity. Of the 3.5 million eligible voters, only 1.5 million registered to take part.

So can the parliamentary polls unite a nation, plagued by power struggles, protests and political unrest?

Presenter: Hazem Sika


Anas El Gomati - director of the Tripoli-based Sadeq Institute.

Manal Omar - associate vice president for the Center for Middle East and Africa at the US Institute of Peace.

Osama Kubbar – a policy analyst at the Strategic Studies Centre in Doha, and former vice president of the Supreme Council of Libyan Revolutionaries.







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