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Early Libyan Election Returns Good for Jibril Alliance

Libyans hold up their ink-marked fingers that shows they have voted as they celebrate in Martyrs' Square in Tripoli, July 7, 2012. Libyans hold up their ink-marked fingers that shows they have voted as they celebrate in Martyrs' Square in Tripoli, July 7, 2012.
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Libyans hold up their ink-marked fingers that shows they have voted as they celebrate in Martyrs' Square in Tripoli, July 7, 2012.
Libyans hold up their ink-marked fingers that shows they have voted as they celebrate in Martyrs' Square in Tripoli, July 7, 2012.
VOA News

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 Sunday for a national dialogue of all parties to form a new government.

 

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

 

Libya's Electoral Commission put the turnout in the election at about 60 percent.

 

A spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement Sunday congratulating Libya for what he called a "well-conducted and transparent" election. U.S. President Barack Obama also issued a statement of congratulations.

 

Libya's revolution last year was one of the central events in the pro-democracy uprisings that became known as the Arab Spring.


  • Libyan voters line up at a polling station in Benghazi, July 7, 2012. Jubilant Libyans marked a major step toward democracy after decades of rule by dictator Moammar Gadhafi. "Don't forget the blood of the martyrs" is in Arabic at left.
  • Libyan men look for their names on a voters list at a polling station in Tripoli, Libya, Saturday, July 7, 2012.
  • A Libyan man casts his vote in a polling station in the former loyalist stronghold district of Abu Salim in Tripoli, Libya, Saturday, July 7, 2012.
  • Libyan men hold their elections ID cards while celebrating election day in Tripoli, Saturday, July 7, 2012.
  • A woman celebrates on the streets in Tripoli's Martyrs' Square after casting her vote during Libya's National Assembly election, July 7, 2012.
  • Libyans hold up their ink-marked fingers that shows they have voted as they celebrate in Martyrs' Square in Tripoli, Libya, Saturday, July 7, 2012.
  • Used ballot booklets, which were set on fire by anti-election protesters, are seen in a square in central Benghazi, Libya, July 7, 2012.
  • An official counts ballots at a polling station in Tripoli, Libya, Saturday, July 7, 2012.
  • People dance in the streets as they celebrate the national election in Benghazi,Libya, July 7, 2012.
  • Fireworks explode in the sky in Benghazi as people celebrate after polling stations closed during Libya's national election, July 7, 2012.

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