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Libyan Assembly Elects Gadhafi Opponent as President

Posted August 10th, 2012 at 1:50 am (UTC-5)
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Libya’s new national assembly has elected former opposition leader Mohammed el-Megarif as its president. Mr. Megarif received 113 votes from the 200-member Congress, defeating independent Ali Zidan, who won 85. The vote late Thursday came just one day after Libya’s transitional council handed power to the assembly, which was elected last month in the nation’s […]

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Libyan Council Hands Power to Elected Officials

Posted August 8th, 2012 at 8:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Libya’s transitional council has peacefully handed over power to the country’s first elected assembly. Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the chairman of the transitional council, handed power to the elected body’s eldest member, Mohammed Ali Salim, in a ceremony in a Tripoli hotel late Wednesday. Jalil said the elected body, named the General National Congress, is from […]

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Seven Iranian Aid Workers Kidnapped in Libya

Posted July 31st, 2012 at 9:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Unknown gunmen have kidnapped seven members of the Iranian Red Crescent relief group in western Libya. The Libyan Red Crescent said its Iranian counterparts were nabbed Monday on their way to their hotel in the city of Benghazi. Libya is appealing to the gunmen to free their hostages, saying the Iranians helped the rebels during […]

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Libyan Olympics Chief Freed by Kidnappers

Posted July 22nd, 2012 at 5:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The president of Libya’s Olympic Committee has been set free, one week after gunmen grabbed him from his car in the capital, Tripoli. Ahmad Nabil al-Alam was released Sunday and returned home. Libyan officials said it was not clear who kidnapped him, why he was released or where he was held. The Libyan Olympic delegation […]

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NATO Chief Praises Libya Vote

Posted July 18th, 2012 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has congratulated Libya on its parliamentary elections, saying the vote is “an impressive step forward” in the country’s transition. In a statement Wednesday, he praised both politicians and Libyans who took part in the election earlier this month for the 200-seat national assembly. Results released Tuesday showed the alliance of […]

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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 […]

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Early Libyan Election Returns Good for Jibril Alliance

Posted July 8th, 2012 at 7:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Early vote-counting from Libya’s first multi-party elections in 60 years indicates Western-leading 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 called […]

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US Hails Libyan Election

Posted July 8th, 2012 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has hailed Libya’s first free election in decades, calling it another milestone in the country’s transition to democracy. In a written statement late Saturday, Mr. Obama extended his congratulations to Libya on behalf of the American people. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking in Tokyo, also congratulated Libyans Sunday. “After […]

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US Hails Libyan Election

Posted July 8th, 2012 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has hailed Libya’s first free election in decades, calling it another milestone in the country’s transition to democracy. In a written statement late Saturday, Mr. Obama extended his congratulations to Libya on behalf of the American people. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking in Tokyo, also congratulated Libyans Sunday. After […]

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Obama Hails Libyan Election

Posted July 8th, 2012 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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((summary version) U.S. President Barack Obama has hailed Libya’s first free election in decades, calling it another milestone in the country’s transition to democracy. In a written statement late Saturday, Mr. Obama extended his congratulations to Libya on behalf of the American people. Libya’s Electoral Commission put the turnout in Saturday’s election at about 60 […]

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