Libyan Liberals with Uncertain Election Lead over Islamists

World | July 8, 2012, Sunday // 18:19|  views

Libyan army officers keep watch on the roof top of the High National Elections Commission headquarters at the end of the voting day in the National Congress elections at a polling station, in Benghazi. EPA/BGNES

The major Libyan liberal coalition, the National Forces Alliance, has claimed it is leading in the results of elections carried out Saturday.

These are the first elections for Libyans after the fall of longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi, and are to elect an assembly that is to draft the country's new constitution.

Even though official results are not exected before Wednesday, Alliance representatives have claimed they have a stable lead ahead of rival parties in major cities such as Tripoli and Benghazi.

Early reports on Sunday showed that the National Forces Alliance, led by former PM Mahmoud Jibril, is leading the polls, said Faisal Krekshi, the coalition's secretary general, reports Al Jazeera.

This has been conceded by representatives of some of the rival islamist parties in Libya.

However, Libyan election commission chief Nuri Abbar has dismissed the claims as uncertain, saying that parties should refrain from making pre-emptive statements ahead of official results.

A strong turnout estimated to be over 60% was registered by the election authority.

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Tags: elections, Libya, mahmoud jibril, Islamists, liberal, national forces alliance


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