Libya's national assembly elects new president

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's national assembly elected Nouri Abusahmain as its new president on Tuesday, a televised voted showed.

Abusahmain secured 96 votes against his opponent Al-Sharif al-Wafi who got 80 votes.

The ballot was held after the previous head Mohammed Magarief stepped down last month following the passing of a law banning anyone who held a senior post under Muammar Gaddafi from government.

(Reporting by Ghaith Shennib; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Alison Williams)