Top news: On Saturday, roughly 65 percent of registered voters in Libya cast ballots in a national assembly race -- the country's first election since the overthrow of Muammar al-Qaddafi, who ruled Libya for more than four decades. The vote went relatively smoothly despite election-related violence in the east, where Libyans are angry about the number of seats allotted to the region in the new assembly.
Early results suggest that the National Forces Alliance, a coalition of some 60 parties led by Mahmoud Jibril, the rebel prime minister during the revolution, is ahead of Islamic groups, including the Libyan wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. The New York Times notes that the outcome could break "an Islamist wave that swept across neighboring Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco in the aftermath of the Arab Spring uprisings."
Jibril, a Western-educated political scientist, has called for Libya's 150 political parties to form "one coalition" in the wake of the election.
Egypt: Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court and Supreme Council of the Armed Forces are holding emergency meetings after Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi ordered the country's Islamist-led parliament, which judicial and military authorities recently dissolved, to reconvene. Egypt's parliamentary speaker has vowed to carry out the presidential decree.
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