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Liberal alliance scores win in Libya election

Fmr. interim Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril's National Forces Alliance won 39 seats while Muslim Brotherhood's Justice and Construction party won 17 seats.

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(GlobalPost)

Final Libyan election results show "a secular, liberal alliance in first place," in the nation's first free vote in decades, the Associated Press reported.

The election commission said late Tuesday that former interim Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril's National Forces Alliance won 39 seats, while the Muslim Brotherhood's Justice and Construction party garnered 17 seats, coming in second.

Another 120 seats allocated for independent candidates are still up for grabs, the AP wrote.

Agence France Presse said with no clear majority, the two parties will likely court independents in order to garner a two-third majority to pass legislation.

The BBC reported it is still unclear what the overall makeup of the assembly will be and there is a two week period to appeal the results.

Libya's election commission reported 62 percent of Libya's registered voters took part in the historic July 7 vote, according to the AP.

The election is the first since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi and his 42-year rule. The last fully free parliamentary election were held after independence in 1952, the BBC reported. The last national vote was held in 1965.

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http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120717/libya-election-results-show-liberal-alliance-first