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Despite turmoil, Libya holds parliament elections

This Tuesday, June 24, 2014 photo released by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), shows an empty polling station during the parliamentary elections preparations at al-Khansa Girls
This Tuesday, June 24, 2014 photo released by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), shows an empty polling station during the parliamentary elections preparations at al-Khansa Girls' School in Tripoli, Libya. In a slow turnout, Libyans are defying the turmoil roiling their nation to vote in parliament elections on Wednesday, the third nationwide balloting since the toppling of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. The country's election commission said 1.5 million registered voters have the chance to cast ballots at 1626 polling centers with 4,467 polling stations across the country and elect 200 members of parliament. (AP Photo/UNSMIL, Iason Athanasiadis)
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By The Associated Press

TRIPOLI, Libya - Libyans are defying the turmoil roiling their nation to vote in parliament elections, the third nationwide balloting since the toppling of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

The country's election commission says 1.5 million registered voters have the chance to cast ballots at 4,467 polling centres across the country on Wednesday and vote for 200 members of parliament.

The vote is a key step in transition for the oil-rich Libya, embroiled in deep political chaos and instability mainly because of the absence of a strong military and police force.

Successive transitional governments have depended on militias to achieve security. It's unclear how the balloting will take place in violence-stricken east.

Since Gadhafi's ouster, Libya held parliament elections in 2012 and last year elected a 60-member panel to draft the country's new constitution.

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