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Libya Elections 2012: Libyans Vote for First Time in Nearly 50 Years

Elections in Libya will be held on July 7 to elect 200 members to the General National Congress (GNC) (Mutamar Al Chaab Al Aam). The GNC will replace the interim government of the National Transitional Council. For these 200 seats, more than 2500 independent candidates and 142 political entities are in the fray. Some of the […]

Carter Center to send election monitors to Libya

The Carter Center is sending observer teams to Libya to monitor and report on that country's July 7 parliamentary elections. Former President Jimmy Carter said in a statement Wednesday that he hopes the center's limited mission will contribute "to a peaceful, transparent and credible electoral process and will support Libyans' aspirations to build a strong […]


Factbox: How will Libya's national assembly elections work?

Libyans head to the polls on July 7 to elect a national assembly in the nation's first election in a generation almost a year after ousting Muammar Gaddafi in a NATO-backed rebellion. Below are some facts about the Libyan election and the role of the new national assembly: THE VOTE - 200 seats in the national […]

UN Envoy Praises Women’s Electoral Role in Libya

A conference was held in the Libyan capital Tripoli, organised as part of a nationwide awareness campaign to support women candidates for the National Congress elections. The conference was organised by the Libyan Women Union and Maan Nabneeha Movement, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP. It attracted more than 350 female electoral candidates […]

Bomb explodes outside Tunisian consulate in Tripoli

A bomb exploded outside the Tunisian consulate in Tripoli on Tuesday, causing damage but no injuries, a Libyan security official said, the latest in a rash of attacks on foreign targets in the North African state. Resentment of Tunisia among remaining supporters of late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi may have been stirred by Tunisia's extradition […]

Egypt: Libya congratulates Egypt's president-elect

Libya's National Transition Council (NTC) President Mustapha Abdeljalil on Sunday sent a congratulatory message to Mr. Mohamed Morsi following his election as Egypt's President. In the message, President Abdeljalil congratulated the Egyptian people on behalf of the NTC members as well as the Libyan government and people for the success of the electoral process and […]

Dominant Parties

There are four parties likely to dominate the Libyan polls on July 7th: National Front Affiliated with a 1980s-era anti-Gadhafi group, the party is led by Mohammed al-Magariaf, an exiled intellectual dissident leader from a prominent eastern Libyan family. Justice and Construction Party The political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. Leader is Mohamed Sowan, a Gadhafi-era political […]