July 9 - International observers give Libya high marks for its first free election since the fall of former leader Muammar Gaddafi. Deborah Gembara reports.
The first election in a post-Muammar Gaddafi Libya is a success according to international observers. Alexander Graf Lamsdorff is the spokesman for the European Union election team. SOUNDBITE: European Union Election Assessment Team Spokesperson, Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, Saying: "I can say that the elections here in Libya have been remarkably well, have gone remarkably well when measured against these yardsticks. In less than one year the country has gone from the fall of Tripoli and the end of the dictatorship to a democratic election." It was a sentiment echoed by observers from the U.S. based Carter Center. SOUNDBITE: Carter Center Vice President Of Peace Programs, John Stremlau, saying: "Despite the country's inexperience with elections, the election commission effectively conducted polls in the politically sensitive and potentially very volatile situation." Violence and protests ahead of the election did little to deter voters from heading to the polls over the weekend. Authorities reported that 65 percent of the country's 2.8 million registered voters turned out. Results for the first free election in the North African state in six decades, are expected later on Monday. Deborah Gembara, Reuters