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Major Tribe Could Boycott Libyan Elections

by Associated Press posted Jul 1 2012 11:12AM
 CAIRO (AP) - The head of Libya's Tabu tribe says his people will boycott this week's election if the government does not withdraw tanks from a southern city where deadly clashes have killed dozens.
 
     African Tabu leader Issa Abdel-Majid told The Associated Press by telephone Sunday that government troops have used deadly force against Tabu fighters battling a rival Arab tribe in the city of Kufra.
 
     The clashes have intensified over the past week. No exact death toll could be determined.
 
     The July 7 election is for an assembly that would draw up a constitution and name a government. It's the first nationwide vote since the ouster of longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi last year.
 
     Some leaders in eastern Libya are also calling for an election boycott, pushing for semi-autonomy instead.
 
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07/01/2012 11:12AM
Major Tribe Could Boycott Libyan Elections
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