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Libya:  Crisis-Plagued Government Struggles for Control
Libyans Celebrate the One-Year Anniversary Marking the Start of the Uprising Against Qaddafi (GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
February 22, 2012
| Security
| Middle East and North Africa
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With the transitional government’s failure to impose order since taking control of Libya last November, the integrity of the upcoming elections are in doubt and a worst-case-scenario for Libya and north Africa is appearing more likely.The National Transitional Council's elections chief, Othman al-Kajiji, recently dismissed rumors that the government is considering delaying national elections, saying Libyans will cast ballots for the 200-member assembly the last week in June as required by the NTC’s constitutional declaration. But with no elections infrastructure and a security situation that is spiraling out of control, it is unlikely that the NTC will be able to ensure that any elections held are fair and free of corruption.
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