International monitors praise Libyan legislative elections
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||9 July 2012|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, International monitors praise Libyan legislative elections, 9 July 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/50002538c.html [accessed 29 January 2015]|
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July 09, 2012
International officials and election monitors have hailed Libya's July 7 National Assembly elections.
Observers with the European Union Assessment Team and the U.S.-based Carter Center praised the vote, saying sporadic incidents of violence do not cast doubt on the validity of the elections.
Preliminary results were expected at any time, but complete official results were not expected to be available for several days.
Turnout was about 65 percent in Libya's first free election in more than half a century.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the "peaceful, democratic spirit" of the vote, and U.S. President Barack Obama said on July 8 he looks forward to working with the new leadership.
A popular uprising last year ended the 42-year rule of strongman Muammar Qaddafi.
Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP