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Libya Elections 2012: National Assembly Vote Delayed Until July

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Nuri al-Abbar, president of the Libyan electoral commission, holds a press conference in Tripoli on June 10, 2012. Libya announced that elections for the country's constituent assembly, initially slated to be held by June 19, had been postponed to July 7. (GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/GettyImages)
Nuri al-Abbar, president of the Libyan electoral commission, holds a press conference in Tripoli on June 10, 2012. Libya announced that elections for the country's constituent assembly, initially slated to be held by June 19, had been postponed to July 7. (GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/GettyImages)

TRIPOLI, Libya — The head of Libya's election commission says the vote for a national assembly has been pushed back to July 7 to give candidates more time to campaign and voters more time to register.

Nouri Al-Abbar told The Associated Press that the delay from the original date of June 19 also gives the commission more time to look into appeals regarding the qualification of candidates.

The assembly will write a new constitution and form a new government.

The election will be Libya's first national vote since the capture and killing of longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi last October.

The election commission's website says nearly 2.8 million Libyans are registered to vote. It says that more than 2,600 candidates and 370 parties have also registered to run in the election.

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