Unrest foils Libya poll re-run in Tuareg south

2014-02-27 08:43

(Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Tripoli - A second attempt to organise voting for a constituent assembly in a mainly Tuareg region of south-western Libya and a jihadist bastion in the east failed on Wednesday in the face of persistent insecurity.

The electoral commission said it would not make a third attempt to organise polling in the two areas and parliament would have to decide what to do about the resulting 11 vacant seats in the 60-seat assembly.

In the vast Ubari region, deep in the Sahara south of the capital, gunmen attacked polling stations and forced their closure, the commission said.

In the eastern city of Derna, a stronghold of jihadist groups opposed to the electoral process, security forces failed to deploy, forcing abandonment of the election rerun.

"Voting did not take place in 59 polling stations, including 13 in Derna and 39 in Ubari," commission member Khaled al-Saheli told a news conference.

Commission president Nuri al-Abbar said: "We sounded the alarm and warned the government and the General National Congress, but in vain."

Lawlessness of former rebels

Billed as a new milestone in the troubled transition from the 42-year dictatorship of Muammar Gaddafi, the election failed to generate much enthusiasm among voters.

Turnout in last Thursday's voting reached just 45% of the less than one-third of eligible voters who even bothered to register.

The figure was sharply down on the 2012 vote to the GNC, Libya's first freely contested election held amid the euphoria that followed Gaddafi’s overthrow and killing the previous year.

Much of that excitement has dissipated amid frustration at the lawlessness of former rebel militia that have carved up a patchwork of fiefdoms around the country.

Another two seats in the assembly charged with drawing up a post-Gaddafi constitution, which had been reserved for the Berber minority, will also remain vacant after Berber groups called a boycott.

As a result, it will have just 47 of the 60 members it had been intended to.

Read more on:    libya  |  north africa

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Top 10 richest musicians of all time

Check out the gallery to find out who they are!

 
 

Luxury living

10 of the most expensive things that will leave your jaw hanging!
Seven of the most expensive children's toys ever made
5 millionaires turned murderers
The youngest billionaires in the world and how they made it
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Innovation, idealism, romanticism and other far reaching dreams can lead you into a spiral of enthusiasm and excitement. Somewhere...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.