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Landmark vote in Libya postponed until July 7

TRIPOLI, Libya -- Libya has announced that elections for a constituent assembly, the country's first national vote after four decades of dictatorship under toppled leader Moammar Gadhafi, has been postponed to July 7.

The election had originally been slated to be held by June 19.

“The date for the elections will be July 7,” the president of the electoral commission, Nuri al-Abbar, told a news conference in Tripoli Sunday, citing “logistical and technical” reasons for the delay.

The vote was postponed due to a delay in adopting a law to organize the elections, in order to give voters more time to register and to allow candidates who have been ruled out by the commission to appeal the decision, Abbar said.

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