Libya’s National Forces Alliance wins 39 party-list seats
TRIPOLI, July 18 (Xinhua) — Libya’s National Forces Alliance (NFA), led by former interim Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril, won 39 seats of 80 seats set aside for party-list candidates in the General National Congress, the electoral commission announced Tuesday night.
Vote counts showed that the NFA obtained almost half of the total party-list seats, followed by the Justice and Construction Party with 17 seats, and the National Front party which garnered three seats, according to the website of the High National Electoral Commission (HNEC).
Libyan interim government spokesman Naser Almana said Libyans “succeeded in practicing their polling rights” and that they would take their first step toward the transition to a civil state.
The National Transitional Council will be replaced by the congress, which will take charge of monitoring and supervising the new government, drafting a new constitution and organizing parliamentary elections next year.
The election, hailed as a milestone on the path toward democracy after the toppling of Libyan former leader Muammar Gaddafi in a months-long civil war, kicked off on July 7 with 374 parties and 2,639 individual candidates competing for 200 seats of the General National Congress.
Of the 200 seats, 80 seats are open to party-list candidates while the remaining 120 are reserved for independents, according to the final draft of the electoral law published in early February.