Margelov: It's premature to think that victory of secular forces in Libyan election will unite society

Russian presidential envoy for cooperation with African countries Mikhail Margelov finds it premature to say that the recent election in Libya will lead to the positive unification of Libyan society.

In a Monday interview with Interfax he said quoting early returns of the election to the General People's Congress that the National Forces Alliance uniting liberals and independents led by former premier of the National Transitional Council Mahmoud Jibril collected 60% of the vote.

"This somewhat falls out from the tendency that appeared after the Arab Spring in which free elections are won by Islamist forces, for instance, in Tunisia and Egypt," Margelov said.

"Meanwhile, in Libya 20% fewer voters voted for the Justice and Construction Party, a branch of Muslim Brothers in Libya. The fact that election was held in Libya is positive, of course, but it did not ease the situation, and the situation in Libya is unstable. Therefore it is premature to say that the election will lead to the positive unification of Libyan society," Margelov thinks.

He reminded Interfax that he had held talks in Benghazi as a special envoy with Jibril. In June last year the future of Libya after Muammar Gaddafi was the subject of the talks. "I was told then that the country would retain its unity and its political future would be decided by the people. That is elections to some sort of constituent assembly were in question already then. And now they took place," Margelov said adding that they took place with flaws acceptable for the Libyan situation - boycott and closure of poling stations.

"The turnout was 45% and this was the first election in 40 years. The task of the congress is to form the Cabinet and lawfully govern Libya during the transitional period, in particular adopt a law on elections to the constitutional committee," Margelov said.

He said that the situation is unstable not only in Libya but also in Sahel and the Horn of Africa adding that "a kind of a terrorist front" is now emerging to the south of North Africa. "Besides, the situation in Libya itself is complex because a struggle between liberals and Islamists is ahead as well as between supporters of a single state and federalists," he predicted.

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