Libya's NTC hands power to newly elected assembly

  • Libya's interim National Transitional Council (NTC) has handed power to a newly elected assembly, nearly a year after the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi.

    NTC chief Mustafa Abdul Jalil passed control to Mohammed Ali Salim, the oldest member of the legislative body, at a late-night ceremony in Tripoli.

    The NTC, which was formed during last year's revolt, is now set to be dissolved.

    The change marks the first peaceful handover of power in Libya's modern history.

    The 200-member assembly will soon appoint a government, which will rule until new elections after a new constitution is drafted.