Chairman of the General National Congress is elected
The General National Congress of Libya has elected Mohamed Yousef el-Magariaf as its first Chairman.
Magariaf is leader of the National Front which is a political party established in May 2012 but which has its origins in the National Front for the Salvation of Libya (NFSL). The National Front came third with three of the 80 political party seats in the recent general election. Magariaf established the NFSL in 1981 in Khartoum, Sudan in opposition to Muammar Gaddafi and was a lifelong opponent of the dictator.
Mohamed Yousef el-Magariaf took 113 votes in the final round of voting for the Chairman’s post whilst his rival, Independent member Ali Zidan, took 85 votes. Magariaf (72) will now lead the General National Congress as, in effect, the leader of Libya until a new constitution is promulgated and fresh elections are held for a permanent parliament.