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Libya: Jibril Wins, Muslim Brotherhood Steps Back

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With results released yesterday by the High national elections commission, the extent of the victory of the Alliance of National Forces (AFN) of Mahmoud Jebril is clearer. The coalition headed by the former leader of the CNT (National Transition Council) government, won by a landslide throughout the country, with more evident peaks in Tripoli, Benghazi and in the south.

In the central Tripoli constituency, the AFN obtained 46,225 preferences with 98% of ballots counted, widely defeating the Justice and Reconstruction, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, which obtained 4774 votes. In Benghazi, with 70% of votes counted, the AFN obtained 95,733 against 16,143 of the Justice and Reconstruction and 10,195 of the National Front.

According to the Libyan press, the final results will be announced next week, but the political debate has already begun and the central point is the composition of the coalition government. Based on the current data, the AFN should be able to count on 28 legislators against 10 of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The leader of the Justice and Reconstruction party, Mohammed Sawan, stepped back from an eventual participation in an inclusive government. He claimed that the positions of his party on the role of Islam in the life of the nation are too far from those of Jibril to allow them to work together. Sawan also said he contacted various independent legislators that should be elected in the National congress. Based on the electoral regulations, the parliament will comprise 120 members elected as independents and 80 elected through a proportional system in the party lists.

MISNA

MISNA, or the Missionary International Service News Agency, provides daily news ‘from, about and for’ the 'world’s Souths', not just in the geographical sense, since December 1997.

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