July 9th, 2012
01:44 PM ET

Outer Circle: Libya's first election since the ousting of Ghadafi

In Libya, where the first elections since the overthrow of Moammar Ghadafi were held Saturday. The National Congress elected will appoint a new government and draft a new constitution.

Jomana Karadsheh is in Tripoli. We asked her what issues are most important to Libyan voters?

Preliminary results expected in Libya's historic election

As Libyans await preliminary results of the country's first parliamentary elections in decades, expected Monday, "signs of state-building are ever so slowly starting to emerge" from post-revolutionary chaos, according to Libya expert Dirk Vandewalle.

"Schools and businesses are reopening. Ministries are being reorganized and are starting to make and implement policy," said Vandewalle, a Dartmouth professor and author of "A History of Modern Libya."

"Most importantly, the power of the militias is very slowly but inexorably being eroded," he said.

The nation's judiciary is even starting to flex its muscle, Vandewalle says, noting it recently overturned a law that seemed aimed at restricting free expression.


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