Libya's General National Congress on Tuesday elected Nouri Abusahmain as its president, following the previous head’s resignation last month.
Abusahmain got 96 out of a total of 184 votes against his opponent, al-Sharif al-Wafi, who secured 80 votes, the televised vote showed.
He is from Libya’s Berber minority, who make up about 10% of Libya's population.
Voting was held after Mohammed Magarief, the previous head, resigned last month after the passing of a law prohibiting anyone who held a senior position under Moammar Qaddafi’s former government.
The Muslim Brotherhood-backed Party of Justice and Construction and the liberal Alliance of National Forces, Libya's most popular parties, did not field candidates.
The General National Congress is Libya’s legislative authority. The congress was elected by popular vote in 2012, replacing the National Transitional Council that served as a transitional government since the end of the Libyan civil war.
As the leader of the congress, Abusahmain will direct the body in preparation of a new constitution being drafted, after elections to choose a new constitutional committee are held, according to Reuters.
Abusahmain’s victory comes amid a surge in violence in the country. On Tuesday, six troops were killed on when anti-govern attacked a checkpoint south of Sirte.
“Abusahmain has a good character and has worked well with all the parties,” Ibrahim Ghariani, a congress member said, as quoted by Reuters.
(With AFP and Reuters)
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