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Libya council hands power to new assembly | Al Jazeera

Libya’s National Transitional Council has handed over power to a new assembly in a symbolic move marking the first peaceful transition after more than 40 years of rule by the late Muammar Gaddafi.

“I hand over the constitutional prerogatives to the General National Congress, which from now on is the legitimate representative of the Libyan people,” NTC chief Mustafa Abdel Jalil said at a late-evening ceremony on Wednesday.

He passed the reins to the oldest member of the 200-seat legislative assembly elected on July 7 at a ceremony that was scheduled late in the day because of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month when believers fast until dusk.

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