Breaking the Islamist Wave


Less than a year after an armed rebellion backed by NATO airpower toppled dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Libyans held their first democratic elections on July 7. Turnout was strong, with about 60% of the country's 2.8 million registered voters casting ballots. The Alliance of National Forces (ANF)--a coalition of more than 50 liberal, moderate and secular parties--was projected to win the largest number of posts in the new 200-seat parliament. The results buck a trend seen in other Arab Spring countries--including Egypt and Tunisia--where elections yielded victories for Islamist parties. In Libya, tribal and geographic...

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