Libya elects jurist as speaker

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TRIPOLI: Libya’s new parliament has elected Aguila Salah Issa, a jurist from the eastern town of Al-Qobba, as its speaker at a session held far from the clashes rocking Tripoli. Libyan television showed Issa, an independent who held several judicial posts in the regime of Muammar Gaddafi who was ousted in a 2011 revolt, beating off eight challengers on Monday (Tuesday in Manila). The political newcomer defeated Abu Bakr Biira, who had presided over parliament’s inaugural session, in a runoff.

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