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The Observers team heads to Libya

This show is made up entirely of amateur images. We've seen time and time again how images captured by ordinary citizens then uploaded onto the Web can change history, or at least shift the balance of power. This week, we take a look back at some of those moments.

This week, we’ve got a special show for you: ten months after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, journalists from the France 24 Observers team travelled to Tripoli to cover Libya’s first free elections (just like we did in Tunisia and in Egypt). Once again, we did this with the help of our Observers on the ground: young Libyans who scoured social networks and hit the pavement to report on this historic election.

 

STORY 1:

Nearly a year after the revolution, Libya’s central government remains weak, and local militias still hold considerable sway. Many people expected the elections to be marred by violence.

However, apart from a few isolated incidents, the voting went well. Our Observer, a 19-year-old university student, told us about the joyful atmosphere in the capital. She herself was voting for the first time.
 

STORY 2:

Another one of our Observers told about his experience voting. For him, the simple act of going to cast his ballot was a major challenge. But he was intent on voting, because he hopes the next government will make his life a little less difficult. Here’s Abdousalam’s story.

 

STORY 3:

Out of the 3,000 candidates in this election, more than 500 of them were women – not a bad showing for such a conservative country. However, these women had a tough time convincing voters to trust them. Ghahida, a human rights activist and blogger, tells us more…


STORY 4:

The election wasn’t only a big deal in the capital – in other cities around the country, too, the population expects much from the next government. Khaled comes from Sabah, a city in southern Libya where many residents feel like they’ve been marginalised by the powers that be. However he told us that even there, on election day, people were happy to go out and vote.
 

STORY 5:

One of the first problems that the new government will have to deal with is the country’s numerous militias. These armed brigades, many of which helped bring down Gaddafi, still wield great power in today’s Libya. They ensure public safety – much more so than the police. However, they’re accountable to no one.

Our Observer Amir followed one of these brigades as it patrolled the streets of Tripoli.

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