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Libyans Hold First Post-Gaddafi Vote

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A young boy climbs atop an anti-aircraft gun abandoned by the military in Benghazi, Libya. Photo: wiki commons.

WSJ – TRIPOLI—Libyans streamed to the polls amid a celebratory atmosphere for their first chance to steer their country’s political future since Moammar Gadhafi seized power in 1969—and since the popular uprising that ousted the dictator nearly nine months ago.

“This is the day that we fix the past,” said Maryem El-Barouni, a 23-year-old medical student, referring to the legacy of economic decay and dictatorship, who was among the first voters in the capital Saturday morning. “We’ve come through a very bad period. This is our chance to feel freedom.”

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