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Libya Presidential poll postponed

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Libya’s election commission has called for the country’s first presidential poll, due to take place on Friday, to be postponed for a month.

It proposed the new date of 24 January after “liaising” with parliament, the commission said.

A parliamentary committee had earlier said that it would be “impossible” to hold elections on Friday.

The run-up to the poll has been marred by disputes over the eligibility of candidates and growing security fears.

Libya has been in turmoil since long-serving ruler Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown and killed in 2011.

The UN and Western powers had hoped that the election would bolster efforts to achieve ‘peace and democracy’ in Libya – a strategically important country that is a major oil producer and a transit point for migrants to Europe. Continue Reading

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