Libyan Election results are in!
Finally. At least for a few cities: Janzour and Zliten. Looks like Mahmoud Jibril is leading (which wasn’t surprising for me because I figured they would gain a large amount of votes since everyone I had talked to was voting for him). For Janzour, Mahmoud Jibril’s party (NAF) is in first place with 26,798 votes. In Zliten, it’s similar, Jibril holding 19,273 votes.
Now we just have to see how the country reacts.
(akio:) UK’s Guardian also reporting basically Jibril has won.
Libya’s former interim prime minister Mahmoud Jibril has won a landslide victory in the country’s first democratic election, provisional figures show, defying expectations that the Muslim Brotherhood would sweep to power. Jibril, a moderate who led Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) last year, won a clear majority of votes across much of the country, early polling station returns suggest. He is reported to have have won around 80% in the capital, Tripoli, with strong results in the south and 60% in Benghazi, the eastern city that was the NTC’s base during the uprising that overthrew Muammar Gaddafi.
And Daily Beast (and BBC) had an exclusive/first interview with Jibril after the voting:
In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast and BBC last night, his first with the international media since the polls, he said it is a matter of not “looking at the glass as half empty but half full.” He says the election was a remarkable achievement, arguing that
“1.7 million people voted. That’s the most positive thing in a country where there is no real legacy of democracy whatsoever—this is something unbelievable. This is my focus, focusing on the half of the glass that’s full.”
(By Jamie Dettmer)