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New Libya parliament elects head

  • Libya's newly elected interim assembly has elected former opposition activist Mohammed Magarief as its president. The decision was made a day after it assumed power.

    Magarief, who heads the National Front Party, was a prominent figure in the old opposition movement that for years had tried to oust Muammar Gaddafi.

    He is considered a moderate Islamist and beat a liberal in the election.

    The interim National Transitional Council (NTC) handed power to the 200-member assembly on Thursday.

    The NTC was formed during last year's revolt that overthrew and killed Gaddafi and has now been dissolved.