(July 13, 2012) On July 8, 2012, despite the violence plaguing cities in eastern Libya, the country's Supreme Electoral Commission announced that it will begin publishing the results of the parliamentary elections from the 13 main electoral districts.
According to news reports, liberal political factions gained many seats in the first stage of the parliamentary elections. Based on the current round of voting, the National Assembly will be able to draft laws during the transition period until a permanent constitution has been drawn up.
The National Transitional Council, which has been running Libya since October 2011, declared that the new parliament will no longer be responsible for naming the panel that will draft Libya's new constitution. The 60 panelists will be elected in a separate vote to create a constitutional drafting committee. (Libya Is Waiting for Election Results [in Arabic], AL AKHBAR NEWSPAPER (July 9, 2012).)