Peaceful transfer of power in Libya welcomed by UN envoyListen /
The peaceful transfer of authority from the National Transitional Council to the newly elected National Congress in Libya on Wednesday has been welcomed by the top UN envoy for the country.
Ian Martin said the United Nations stands ready to continue to assist the Libyans in their democratic transition.
In the first democratic elections in decades on 7 July, about 2.7 million Libyans voted for the members of the Congress to replace the Council which had governed the country since the end of the civil war last year.
Martin Nesirky is the spokesman of the UN Secretary-General.
"Ian Martin, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Libya, welcomed the peaceful transfer of authority from the National Transitional Council to the newly elected National Congress. He warmly congratulated the Libyans on this peaceful and democratic transfer of power, which is not only a first for this country but an inspiration for others. He called it a profound break with the past and a great leap forward on the road to a democratic and accountable state."
The National Congress is expected to set up a new government and appoint a body to draft a new constitution for Libya.