Libya: Benghazi hold first post-Gadhafi vote

By Rami Al-shaheibi

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, May 19 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

In this Oct. 23, 2011 photo, girls and women attend a celebration of Libya's liberation in Freedom Square in Misrata, Libya. The people of Misrata, who played a key role in overthrowing Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, held a vote Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 to elect a new city council. The vote was the first experiment in real democracy anywhere in Libya, and the fact that it happened in Misrata demonstrated the city's newfound clout on the national political scene.

Manu Brabo, File, Associated Press

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BENGHAZI, Libya — Residents of Benghazi have voted for a local council in the first elections in the eastern Libyan city since the capture and killing of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi last year.

Benghazi is Libya's second-largest city. It was the birthplace and hub of the bloody uprising that toppled Gadhafi after more than four decades in power.

More than 400 people are running for 41 seats up for grabs on the local council in Saturday's elections.

Libya's third-largest city of Misrata voted for a local council in February.

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