Elections in Libya

Author
George Joffé
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
IEMed/EuroMeSCo
Abstract
The election of a new national assembly in Libya is good news in several respects after a decidedly difficult transition from the elation that accompanied the collapse of the Gaddafi regime last October to the realities of reconstructing the Libyan state. Perphaps the first piece of good news is the simple fact that it actually took place and did so in a relatively peaceful atmosphere. Secondly, the electoral process has been judged by outside observers to have been free and fair. And, finally, the outcome seems to have been a victory for moderation, rather than an outright win for Libya's Islamist movements - unlike the situation elsewhere.
Topic
Conflict Resolution, Democratization, Islam, Politics, Regime Change
Political Geography
Arab Countries, North Africa