New YorkUN leader Ban Ki-moon called on Sunday for Libya's new leaders to govern
in a spirit of "justice and reconciliation" as he hailed the country's
first elections since the downfall of Muammar Gaddafi.
Ban said in a statement released by his
spokesperson's office that Saturday's voting had been "well-conducted
and transparent" even though some Libyans had "faced threats to their
Libyans voted for a General National Congress, a
200-member legislative assembly which will steer the country through a
transition period. Turnout was above 60%, the electoral commission said.
official results have been announced but Ban said he hoped whoever wins
and takes on the task of writing a new constitution "will do so in a
spirit of inclusion, justice and reconciliation among all Libyans".
year, thousands of Libyans sacrificed their lives or suffered lasting
injury in order to win the right of the Libyan people to build a new
state founded on human dignity and the rule of law," Ban said.
polling by political parties put a coalition led by Mahmoud Jibril, the
head of a rebel government that played a key role in the fight against
Gaddafi last year, in the lead.
The UN has a political mission in Libya helping the government and Ban said the mission was ready to work with the new leaders.