Party leader Jibril calls for unity as Libya votes tallied

TRIPOLI- Mahmud Jibril, leader of a political coalition said to be trending well as votes are tallied in Libya, called on Sunday for all parties to come together under one banner.
"We extend an honest call for a national dialogue to come all together in one coalition, under one reach a compromise, a consensus on which the constitution can be drafted and the new government can be composed," he said.

"In yesterday's elections, there was no loser and winner at all. Whoever is going to win, Libya is the real winner of those elections," he continued.
The remarks to journalists at his party's headquarters came hours after the leader of the rival Justice and Construction Party said that the National Forces Alliance (NFA) was trending well in the capital and Benghazi in the east.
Jibril said that his NFA coalition, which he described as a nationalist movement comprising a broad spectrum of identities and ideologies, would wait for and abide by official results to be released by the country's electoral commission.
He said his party had made no declarations about tallying results and slammed the media's use of the label "liberal" to describe his coalition, insisting that it was an inclusive rather than ideological organisation.
Earlier, local media and coalition members including its secretary general, said the NFA had an edge as votes were counted after the first free elections since the ouster of Moamer Kadhafi's regime last year.
Libyans on Saturday went to the polls to elect a General National Congress, a 200-member legislature made up of both party and individual members, which is tasked of steering the country for a transition period.
"Early reports show that the coalition is leading the polls in the majority of constituencies," NFA secretary general Faisal Krekshi told AFP.
Votes are still being processed in Libya and the world is waiting in suspense to see whether the North African nation's elections hand victory to Islamists or members of the Muslim Brotherhood as they did in Egypt and Tunisia.
"The leaders of other political parties should come to the talking table -- be this before or after results are announced. Libya needs everyone. It cannot be rebuilt with the effort of just one person or movement," Jibril said.
The party leader also vowed to reach out to representatives of the federalist movement, which boycotted and disrupted elections in the east.

Monday, July 9th 2012

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