Libyan general election, 1956

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General elections were held in Libya on 7 January 1956.[1]

Electoral system[edit]

The House of Representatives had 55 seats, on the basis of one for every 20,000 inhabitants.[2] Following the 1952 elections, political parties had been banned, so all candidates contested the election as independents, with political gatherings also prohibited. As a result, voting was based largely on personality, clan ties links and nepotism.[3] 30 candidates were elected unopposed.[2]


  1. ^ Nohlen, D, Krennerich, M & Thibaut, B (1999) Elections in Africa: A data handbook, p527 ISBN 0-19-829645-2
  2. ^ a b The Statesman's Year-Book, 97th edition, p1211
  3. ^ Libya: the struggle for survival p160