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UN Security Council hails first national elections in Libya in more than 40 years

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11:05, July 11, 2012

UNITED NATIONS, July 10 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Tuesday welcomed the July 7 elections in Libya, the first national elections in the North African country in more than 40 years, as "a milestone for Libya's democratic transition."

The 15-nation council, in a press statement issued here late Tuesday, said that the council members "welcome the holding on 7 July 2012 of the first national elections in Libya in nearly half a century. The members of the Security Council consider the elections a milestone for Libya's democratic transition."

"The members of the Security Council congratulate the Libyan people on this occasion and commend their peaceful participation in the process, while strongly condemning the isolated incidents of violence that occurred," the statement said.

Libyans went to the polls on Saturday for their first national congress election after the fall of former leader Muammar Gaddafi. More than 2.7 million people in Libya, or about 80 percent of the country's eligible voters, had registered to vote in the election. The preliminary results of the election are scheduled to be announced on July 11.

Head of Libya's High National Electoral Commission (HNEC) Nuri al-Abbar said late Saturday at a press conference in Tripoli that 1.2 million out of more than 2.7 million registered voters have cast their ballots.

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