"Election Results in Libya Break an Islamist Wave," read a New York Times headline on Sunday. While only interim results are currently available, it seems that the most votes, by a considerable margin, went to the Alliance of National Forces, a broad coalition of 40 parties and hundreds of non-governmental organizations and independent political figures.
Headed by Libya's former transitional leader, the American-educated 60-year old political scientist Mahmoud Jibril, the Alliance is often described as secular and liberal, despite vowing to uphold Sharia law as its main source of legislation.
The Islamist parties reportedly softened their rhetoric considerably in the run-up to the election, further signaling that Libya might ... "
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