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Libyans vote for a national assembly on Saturday, the first election since Moamer Kadhafi?s ouster, after a string of acts of sabotage that have stoked tensions in the east of the country. Polling stations are scheduled to open at 8:00 am (0500 GMT) and will close 12 hours later.

The vote will likely be a very different experience for residents of Tripoli, which has enjoyed a spell of calm than in those of cities in eastern Libya which have been subject to outbreaks of deadly violence and threats to disrupt the vote.

On Friday, gunfire struck a helicopter in eastern Libya killing an election worker. Ian Martin, head of the United Nations mission to Libya, urged ?all voters to exercise their hard-earned democratic right to elect their National Congress representatives? while condemning the deadly attack.

The Brussels-based International Crisis Group has warned that the electoral process in Libya is ?imperilled by armed protesters who? are threatening to disrupt the vote in the eastern part of the country.?

 

Source : AFP

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