Libyans vote in first post-Qaddafi election amid fears of violence
TRIPOLI, Libya – Libyans started voting on Saturday in the first parliamentary election since the ouster and slaying last year of longtime dictator Muammar Qaddafi, a major step forward on the tumultuous transition to democratic government after more than four decades of authoritarian rule.
The election for a 200-seat legislature was being held amid intense regional rivalries, fears of violence and calls for a boycott. However, lines began to form outside polling centers more than an hour before they were scheduled to open in the capital Tripoli. Policemen and army soldiers were guarding the centers, searching voters as well as