A senior official of a liberal party led by a former rebel prime minister says unofficial preliminary results show it is ahead in Libya’s first parliamentary election since the ouster of dictator Muammar Qadhafi.

Faisal Krekshi, secretary-general of the Alliance of National Forces led by Mahmoud Jibril, says he is basing his results on reports by party representatives at ballot counting centres across the vast desert nation. He gave no details.

Libyans on Saturday voted for the 200-seat legislature. Eighty seats are set aside for party lists and the rest are for individual independent candidates.

Officials from two other parties, including the Muslim Brotherhood, said Mr. Jibril’s alliance was the biggest winner in the race for the 80 party seats. They did not provide a breakdown.

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