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Libyans Optimistic in Parliamentary Elections

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Libyans headed to the polls Wednesday to vote for a new parliament in hopes of bringing some stability to the country. This is the third nationwide balloting since the ousting of Moammar Gadhafi. (June 25)

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Tripoli, Libya - June 25, 2014

1. Mid, woman casting vote at polling center

2. Mid, woman at voting registration desk

3. Mid, man casting ballot

4. Close, man dipping finger into ink to vote

5. Mid, man looking up voter information on wall

6. Mid, man taking ballot into voting booth

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Benghazi, Libya - June 25, 2014

7. Mid, man at registration desk

8. Mid, voting booths

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Tripoli, Libya - June 25, 2014

9. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Fuad Hamdi, Voter (Transcript Below)

10. Close, man casting ballot

11. Mid, posters of parliament candidate

12. Mid, posters of parliament candidate

13. Mid, woman casting ballot

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

LIBYANS ARE DEFYING THE TURMOIL IN THEIR COUNTRY BY HEADING TO THE POLLS TO VOTE IN LIBYA'S PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS.

THE VOTE IS THE THIRD NATIONWIDE BALLOT SINCE THE OUSTING OF LONGTIME DICTATOR MOAMMAR GADHAFI.

AROUND 1.5 MILLION REGISTERED VOTERS WERE ELIGIBLE TO CAST THEIR BALLOTS AT THE MORE THAN 4-THOUSAND POLLING CENTERS OPEN ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

BUT TURNOUT WAS THIN AT THE POLLS EVEN WITH ONLY A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF VOTERS CASTING BALLOTS FOR THE 200-MEMBER PARLIAMENT.

ONE VOTER SAYS WE ARE ALWAYS OPTIMISTIC FOR THE GOOD AND GOD WILLING IT WILL BE A BETTER LIBYA. EVEN IF THERE ARE A HUNDRED ELECTIONS WE WILL

CONTINUE UNTIL WE BUILD A COUNTRY.

THIS YEAR'S VOTE IS A KEY STEP IN TRANSITION FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF LIBYA, WHO LAST YEAR ELECTED A PANEL TO DRAFT THE COUNTRY'S NEWEST CONSTITUTION.

Emily Roseman/Associated Press

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