From USA Today
Secular parties trounce Islamists.
A coalition of secular parties turned in a very encouraging performance in Libya’s recent parliamentary elections. The National Forces Alliance won 39 out of 80 seats, while Islamist parties could only garner 17. Observers credit the success to the moderate image of the leader of the Alliance, Mahmoud Gibril, a former official in strongman Moammar Gadhafi’s government who sided with the rebels when the civil war broke out. The voters appear to be in a pragmatic mood, focusing on who can best run the government after the corruption and repression of the Gadhafi years.