Libyans Cast Ballots in Historic Election

Posted July 7th, 2012 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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Libyans are going to the polls in the country's first multi-party elections in 60 years.

Voters on Saturday are choosing candidates for a 200-seat National Assembly. The assembly will form a temporary government and draft a constitution, ahead of another election set for next year.

Security forces are on guard near polling centers to prevent any possible violence.

Some voters are turning up draped in the new Libyan flag with its red, green and black colors.

The voting is taking place less than a year after long-time leader Moammar Gadhafi died shortly after being captured by Libyan anti-government fighters.

More than 140 parties and small factions campaigned in the election. Analysts predict Islamists will do well, along with a secular group of officials who played a role in the country's post-Gadhafi transition.