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  •  Libya Elections: Liberal Party (1+ / 0-)
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    Libya Elections: Liberal Party, Alliance of National Forces, Says It Is In Lead , TRIPOLI, Libya -- A liberal alliance led by a former Libyan rebel prime minister said Sunday the party's unofficial preliminary results put it in the lead in the country's landmark parliamentary elections, the first since the ouster of dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

    Faisal Krekshi, secretary general of the Alliance of National Forces led by Mahmoud Jibril, said the results were based on reports by party representatives at ballot counting centers across the vast desert nation. He provided no details, and the head of the election commission refused to confirm Krekshi's claims.

    "We are all waiting and we have nothing to suggest that one party is ahead of others," election commission chief Nouri al-Abar told reporters. He also refused to set a date for announcing the full official results.

    Libyans turned out en masse Saturday to cast their ballots for the 200-seat parliament. Eighty seats are set aside for party lists, while the remaining 120 are for individual independent candidates.

    Officials from two other parties – the Muslim Brotherhood's Justice and Construction Party and the Islamist Al-Watan – said Jibril's alliance was the biggest winner in the race for the 80 party seats. They based their statements on their own party representatives at polling centers. They did not provide a breakdown.

    Their claims could not be verified. Cf.That said, the Muslim Brotherhood is odds-on favorite to win the June elections, in the view of many observers here in Libya.

    •  If staunch neo-liberal Jibril takes power (0+ / 0-)

      Libyans can kiss their cradle-to-grave subsidies financed by oil revenues goodbye. It's going to be interesting watching the Libyans lose their welfare state. We may see another 'revolution' in five years.

      Why does a state with 6.5 million citizens have 20% unemployment yet had 1.5 million foreign workers employed? The reason is that many Libyans will not do the "dirty jobs" - just as many Americans will not pluck chickens for the Colonel or pick vegetables for the Giant.

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