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Profile: Mahmoud Jibril

As interim prime minister, Mahmoud Jibril was one of the most high-profile figures in the conflict that ousted long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi. That prominence appears to have paid off at the ballot box, with partial election results showing his National Forces' Alliance leading the elections. Speculation is rising that he will have a key future […]

Does Democracy Cloud Libya's Oil Future?

Oil ports in eastern Libya had reopened by Monday, ending a weekend shutdown that coincided with the first democratic elections in a generation. NATO forces last year intervened in a civil war that ended with the death of long-time leader Moammar Gadhafi, opening the door for interim leaders to chart the path to democracy. Conflict […]

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Carter Center Observers Encouraged With Libya Vote

Alexander Bick, field director of the Carter Center’s mission to monitor the elections in Tripoli said the group was pleased with the organization of Libya’s first election in over four decades. The poll observer mission will hold a news conference Monday to announce its assessment of the election.   Libya’s Electoral Commission put the turnout for Saturday's […]

Libyans Hold First Vote in Decades

Libyans are celebrating their first free national election in 60 years after defying violence to turn out for a poll widely seen as drawing a line under Muammar Gaddafi's dictatorship. Revellers lit the night sky over the capital Tripoli with fireworks while in the eastern city of Benghazi, scene of anti-poll protests by those wanting […]

Jibril Says Alliance Is Open to Governing Coalition in Libya

Mahmoud Jibril, head of the political alliance some Libyan media predict is the leading party in Saturday’s parliamentary general election, said Sunday he favored working in a coalition government. “We extend an invitation, continued as before, to other political forces to come together in one coalition under one banner,” Jibril, leader of the National Forces […]

Libya election turnout 60 per cent

Turnout in Libya’s first free national election in decades after the ouster of dictator Muammar Gaddafi was 60 per cent, the electoral commission said Saturday, quoting preliminary figures. “We are continuing to receive reports (from polling stations), but the number of voters has reached 1.6 million, 60 per cent of voters,” the head of the […]

Libya election: High turnout in historic vote

Libyans have been voting in their first free national election for 60 years. They are selecting a temporary assembly which will have the task of picking a cabinet and a prime minister. Overall turnout has been described as high. Polls opened at 08:00 (06:00 GMT), with reports of queues forming outside polling stations in the […]