Libyans Elect Officials for the First Time in Four Decades

Monday, July 09, 2012

Libyans celebrate outside the Libyan embassy in London. (Dan Kitwood/Getty)

Libyans voted on Saturday morning in the first election in four decades under Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi. By Sunday evening, returns showed liberals in the lead. This means that unlike Egypt to the east and Tunisia to the north, a displaced dictator will not be replaced by Islamists.

The interim government also proudly announced that 94 percent of polling places had opened, despite some violence. And voter turnout was around 60 percent.

Dirk Vandewalle is in Tripoli. He's an associate professor of government at Dartmouth University, and has been advising the U.N. on the Libyan elections. 


Dirk Vandewalle

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