TRIPOLI, June 28 Libya will need around two
weeks to count the votes of last week's parliamentary election
and publish final results, the elections commission said on
On Wednesday, the North African state elected a new assembly
in a vote marred by a low turnout and violence, opening a new
chapter in Libya's bumpy transition toward democracy since the
2011 fall of Muammar Gaddafi to an armed uprising.
"We are expecting to announce the final results in
mid-Ramadan," said Emad Sayeh, head of the High National
Election Commission. He was referring to the holy Muslim fasting
month that starts on Sunday.
The commission published partial results from some cities
but Sayeh said more time was needed to count votes and produce
Fewer than half of eligible Libyans voted, a paltry turnout
reflecting disillusion with the chaos prevailing since Gaddafi's
The oil producer is in chaos as the government and outgoing
parliament have failed to produce security and curb militias who
helped oust Gaddafi but now defy state authority.
(Reporting by Ahmed Elumami; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing
by Lisa Shumaker)