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Secularists Edge Islamists In Libya’s Election

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World — While Egyptians contemplate life under a Muslim Brotherhood presidency and parliament, Libyan voters may take a different route: Preliminary results from the country’s first election in decades suggest that secular-based parties may prevail over Islamist politicians.

Libya’s election on Saturday marked the first contests since the downfall and death of infamous dictator Muammar Qaddafi last fall. Indeed, Qaddafi never allowed political parties or free elections during his 42-year rule.

A free contest without major complications was a relief—and a triumph—for Libyans who spent the last year enduring a bloody revolution that led to the Qaddafi’s demise.

Just days after Americans celebrated Independence Day, Libyans celebrated their first free election in similar fashion: Families flocked to beaches, organized cookouts, flew flags, and swapped stories of their first voting experiences.

Those votes focused on choosing 200 members for a National General Congress that will replace the current transitional government. The new body will oversee the drafting of a constitution—a process expected to take months.

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