TRIPOLI, July 21(Xinhua) -- Libya's electoral committee on Monday announced results of an earlier parliamentary election, but many fear it might fuel the ongoing clashes between pro-secular militia and armed Islamist groups.
The polls, held on June 25, elected the new parliament House of Representatives to replace the previous General National Congress. All 1,714 contestants were registered as independent candidates, as party lists are not allowed under current electoral law.
Of the total 200 seats in the new parliament, 188 were set, while the remaining 12 seats were absent due to boycott or insecurity in some electoral districts, according to Libya's High National Electoral Commission.
Analysts said the secular factions have seemingly taken most of the seats, while the Islamist lawmakers, who had a bigger say in the old parliament, only won around 30 seats this time. Some feared that the results might intensify the current armed clashes between the secular forces and Islamist militants in the volatile North African country, given the imbalance of power between the two sides in the parliament.
Intense fighting has been going on in Tripoli since July 13, when armed Islamist groups launched attacks against Tripoli International Airport and some key road intersections there were previously held by pro-secular Zintan militia. In Libya's second largest city of Benghazi, armed clashes has been on a daily basis since renegade General Khalifa Haftar launched his so-called anti- terrorism Operation Dignity in May to constantly pound Islamist militants.
The new parliament is yet to announce the date of its first meeting.