Libya sets Feb. 20 vote for constitution panel

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Associated Press

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 30 at 1:07 PM

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libya's interim parliament has set Feb. 20 as the date for a national election to choose a 50-member panel to draft the country's constitution.

Nouri Abu Sahmein, the head of the parliament — or General National Congress — made the announcement on Thursday.

Libya is going through a rocky transition following the overthrow of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhaf in 2011. Parliament is split between a bloc dominated by Islamists and another by non-Islamists, which delayed passage of a law governing the vote until last July. Many blamed the delay for impeding the transition.

Last month, the interim parliament extended its own mandate — due to expire in February— and changed the deadline for drafting the constitution to August. That will be followed by elections for a new parliament.

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