Libya's Jibril beats Islamists in vote, no majority

July 18, 2012 02:42


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TRIPOLI - A moderate Islamic coalition led by wartime prime minister Mahmoud Jibril beat Islamist rivals in Libya's landmark election, results showed on Tuesday, but it was not yet clear who would dominate the new assembly as all sides scrambled to woo independents.

Jibril's National Forces Alliance (NFA) won 39 seats out of the 80 reserved for parties in Libya's 200-seat national assembly, the full count showed. The political wing of Libya's Muslim Brotherhood, the country's biggest Islamist group, won just 17 of those seats in the first free national election on July 7.

But those numbers do not translate into an automatic majority for Jibril, whose party has secured just 20 percent of seats in an assembly which will name a prime minister, pass laws and prepare for full parliamentary polls after the country drafts a new constitution next year.

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