Libyan election joy

July 8, 2012 at 9:29 am (africa, Champagne Charlie, democracy, elections, Human rights, Libya, Middle East, Sheer joy)

“I’m so excited. I woke up at 6 this morning, before my daughters. A new country has been born. God willing, I will be alive to vote again and again” – Mabroka Amar, 69, at a polling station in Tripoli, quoted in today’s Observer.

epa03299125 A Libyan woman shows her ink marked finger after voting for the National Congress elections in Tripoli, Libya, on Saturday.

A Libyan woman shows her ink marked finger after voting for the National Congress elections in Tripoli, Libya, on Saturday.

Thousands queued to vote in Tripoli and other cities in Libya’a first election since 1964. Despite attacks on polling staions by armed federalist gangs in Benghazi and eastern Libya, overwhelmingly the election has gone ahead smoothly, including (unexpectedly) in the south where there have been serious clashes between Arabs and black Toubo (of African descent) in the recent past. Two polling stations for Toubo were functioning in Kufra, a remote south-eastern town that has seen vicious fighting in the recent past.

Unsurprisingly, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Justice and Construction Party are expected to win, but reports from Tripoli and other cities suggest that Mahmoud Jabril’s relatively “liberal”  (but pro-Sharia law) National Forces Alliance is doing well and may even be ahead of the Brotherhood.

But the important thing, for now, is that Libyans have had the opportunity to vote, and the election has been an overwhelming success.

No doubt this will come as a terrible disappointment to those like the so-called ‘Stop The War Coalition’, Tariq Ali and Seumas Milne (never mind poor mad Pilger), who so badly want Libya to fail and who miss no opportunity to tell us that chaos, racist attacks and sectarianism are the inevitable order of the day now that Gaddafi’s gone.

Read more:

Informed Comment from Juan Cole, here.


  1. Innocent Abroad said,

    My wife’s got teeth like that…

  2. Sarah AB said,

    There seem to have been a lot of tweets expressing a sense the MB aren’t doing so well.

    • HPWatcher said,

      That would account for the complete lack of interest over on HP, of course.

      • sackcloth and ashes said,

        Sockpuppet alert.

  3. Sarah AB said,

    I’m rather baffled by your comment, as I would have thought that the point I made was more HP friendly, as it were, than, for example, this:

    I have now put up another brief post.

  4. HPWatcher said,

    you have actually put up a copy and paste from Juan Cole…

  5. HPWatcher said,

    You spend an awful lot of your time being “baffled” or “not recalling”, Sarah. Why is that?

  6. Sarah AB said,

    I clearly link to his piece before including a short quote. I don’t see what your point is. Remind me what I don’t recall – you may be right – I just don’t recall.

  7. Juan P. Lewis said,

    HPWatcher? really? If your militant activity is “watch” a blog, you clearly have a lot of time in your hands.

  8. Low Paid Worker said,

    It would be helpful if they forgot about god and got on with democracy. I think not.

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