Rebel Leader Wants Coalition

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Libya's rebel leader and wartime prime minister Mahmoud Jibril on Sunday called for a grand coalition government of the 150 political parties as offical election results were due Monday. “In yesterday’s election, there was no winner or loser,” Jibril said. “Whoever wins, Libya is the real winner.” The election, Libya's first free one in 42 years, went ahead without violence. Liberals held a strong lead in and around Tripoli, where most of the country’s population is concentrated. Leaders from the Islamist Justice and Construction Party acknowledged the lead gathered by liberals, but said it was “a tight race of us in the south.”