Landmark day for Libya: Minister welcomes first elected body taking power
LONDON, United-Kingdom, August 9, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ – Late last night, Libya’s National Transitional Council – the body which represented the Libyan people through the revolution – handed over power to the General National Congress, the 200-strong body elected in July in Libya’s first democratic elections for 47 years.
Welcoming the handover of power, Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, Alistair Burt, said:
“Today is another landmark in the transition from brutal dictatorship to political representation in Libya. As a Minister and a Parliamentarian, I am proud of the role the UK has played in supporting the Libyan people in their struggle to have their democratic voice heard. We look forward to the new Congress rapidly electing its Leader, and thereafter appointing a new Prime Minister and government who will help realise the Libyan people’s ambitions for a peaceful, prosperous and democratic country.”
United Kingdom – Ministry of Foreign Affairs