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Libyans 'committed to democracy'

19 July 2012, 11:58

 Washington - Libya has taken an "important step forward" with this month's election results and the vote process showed the Libyan people's "commitment to democracy," the White House said on Wednesday.

White House spokesperson Jay Carney offered Washington's congratulations to "all the parties and candidates who have won seats" in the General National Congress in the 7 July poll, the first since the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi.

Libya's liberal coalition beat Islamist parties, according to results unveiled by the country's electoral commission on Tuesday - but it remained unclear who will dominate the next congress.

The National Forces Alliance, led by wartime prime minister Mahmud Jibril, gained 39 of 80 seats open to parties in the congress, while the Justice and Construction Party, which was launched by Libya's Muslim Brotherhood, took 17.

The remainder of party seats went to a constellation of smaller parties, according to the electoral commission's preliminary figures. The majority of seats - 120 of 200 - were reserved for individual candidates.

"As President [Barack] Obama noted on election day, Libya's historic election underscores that the future of Libya is in the hands of the Libyan people," Carney said.

"We commend Libya's High National Election Commission for its hard work preparing Libya's first election in almost 50 years," he added.

"The orderly voting process noted by international observers and the significant turnout reflects the Libyan people's commitment to democracy and civic participation."

The spokesperson said the United States was looking forward to "working closely with Libya's newly elected leaders and the members" of the new congress, adding they could count on Washington's "continued friendship and support".

Obama said on election day that the United States was proud of the role it had played in supporting the Libyan revolution and looked forward to "working closely with the new Libya," including the elected congress.

Although the United States allowed Nato allies like Britain, France and Italy to take the lead, it also played a key military role in helping the revolt that ousted strongman Gaddafi last year.



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