Date: July 11 2012
AS RESULTS for Libya's first democratic election continued to trickle in, a decisive victory for the broad coalition of moderates over the Muslim Brotherhood appeared increasingly likely.
Signalling a determination to put Muammar Gaddafi's brutal 42-year rule behind them, restore security and rebuild critical services, Libyans set aside tribal and regional differences to unite behind the party of former interim prime minister Mahmoud Jibril, a US-educated political scientist.
In rejecting the largest group running in the elections, the Muslim Brotherhood's Justice and Construction Party, Libyans also countered the trend of Islamist governments taking power in the aftermath of the Arab Spring revolutions, as they did in Tunisia and Egypt.
But do not call Mr Jibril's National Forces Alliance - a coalition of 55 parties - ''liberals'', the 60-year-old has warned.
He describes the NFA as a ''moderate Islamic movement''.
The results released by Libya's election commission reveal a victory for the NFA in two of three electorates: the western-Tripoli suburb of Janzur overwhelmingly favoured the NFA, with 6798 votes to the Muslim Brotherhood's 2423, while the town of Zlitan, west of Misrata, also went Mr Jibril's way, 19,220 to the Brotherhood's 5626.
So far, only Misrata has turned its back on Mr Jibril, electing its own candidate from the Union for Homeland party, according to Libya's High National Election Commission.
Small outbreaks of violence continued yesterday. The Sahaba mosque in Derna, near Benghazi, was partially destroyed by a bomb, while two Libyan journalists were kidnapped while reporting in the former Gaddafi stronghold of Bani Walid, prompting groups of Misrata militia to attempt to secure their release. Full election results are not expected to be released until tomorrow.
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