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A poor voter turnout at Libya’s elections this week diminished hopes that a new parliament could provide the basis for an inclusive government capable of halting the country’s political fragmentation.
Fewer than half of the eligible Libyans cast their vote in elections on 25 June, marred by violence and security concerns that kept polling stations closed in some cities. A prominent human rights activist was amongst those killed, and fighting amongst militia groups marked the run up to the ballot.
Only 630,000 votes were cast, according to the election commission. Some 1.5mn Libyans were registered to vote, less than the 2.8mn eligible in 2012. (CONTINUED - 839 WORDS)