New Libya parliament elects head
August 10 , 2012
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.