Officials have begun recounting votes and tallying absentee ballots in elections in Libya. Meanwhile, a rights group says militias still hold 5,000 detainees, despite a deadline to transfer prisoners for trial. Libya’s election commission has announced that it is also reviewing appeals lodged by candidates after the release of partial results over the past week. The full results of Libya’s first free nationwide vote, on July 7, had been expected as early as Saturday. Now, the election commission chief says the full official results may finally be announced on Monday.
The moderate National Forces Alliance of former interim Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril had scored a landslide victory over rival Islamist parties, partial tallies showed on Thursday. The defeat for the political wing of Libya’s Muslim Brotherhood bucked a winning streak for Islamist groups in other Arab countries transitioning to democracy, such as Egypt and Tunisia.