Libya elections: Liberals take control of country's future

Voters in Benghazi show their election-inked fingers (photo:dpa)
Voters in Benghazi show their election-inked fingers (photo:dpa)

Liberals appear to be the winners of Libya’s first free elections since the defeat of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s regime. Early results indicate the coalition party – the National Forces Alliance – has won more than half the seats in the new National Congress edging out the Muslim Brotherhood’s Justice and Construction Party. But there is huge pressure to find a strategic balance between Libya’s east and west rivalries as the federal question has dominated the election.

LIBERALS seem to be the dominant force in oil and gas rich Libya, as the country evolves into a democracy after 42 years of authoritarian rule.

The first free elections, following the defeat of Colonel Muam...

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