Early Libyan Election Returns Good for Jibril Alliance

Posted July 9th, 2012 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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Early vote counts from Libya's first multi-party elections in 60 years show Western-leaning parties with an edge over their Islamist rivals.

Final tallies from Saturday's election are not expected for days. But partial counts from Libya's big cities give the lead to an alliance of parties led by former rebel prime minister Mahmoud Jibril. He has called for a national dialogue of all parties to form a new government.

The top U.N. official in Libya, Ian Martin, praised the vote, saying it went beyond expectations.

“One of the great features of this election is that there have really been no allegations of malpractice at any level. Mistakes, sure in a first election, but no malpractice.”

Libyans voted for members of a 200-seat National Assembly that will form a temporary government and draft a constitution before parliamentary elections next year.