Libyan election a milestone
Posted by African Press International on July 11, 2012
“The elections to the Libyan General Nation Congress on 7 July are a milestone. I congratulate the Libyan people on a well-run election,” said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.
On Saturday Libya held its first nationwide election in decades. Despite isolated incidents of violence in the eastern part of the country, international observers reported that the election was well organised and orderly. It is estimated that voter turnout was around 60 %.
“Libyan voters – men and women alike – showed great courage by protecting polling stations against those who tried to disrupt the voting,” said Mr Støre.
“The Libyan Election Commission has done an impressive job. Libya has now taken another important step towards a democratic society,” said Mr Støre.
Norway supports the Carter Center’s international election observation mission to Libya.