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Libya's elected congress due to take power in early August

Libya's interim authorities will formally transfer power to the newly elected General National Congress in the second week of August.

TRIPOLI // Libya's interim authorities will formally transfer power to the newly elected General National Congress in the second week of August.

"August 8 is expected to be the date on which power is transferred from the National Transitional Council to the General National Congress," said Othman Ben Sassi, a member of the outgoing NTC.

Mr Ben Sassi said the handover would be marked by a "symbolic ceremony" and that the 200-seat congress would start working a day or two later, when all the members meet for their first session. The first meeting is expected about August 9.

Last July, Libyans participated in the country's first free elections since a popular revolt, which escalated into a civil war and drew the intervention of Nato to topple the dictator, Muammar Qaddafi.

Libyans elected a 200-member legislative assembly, comprising party and independent representatives, which will lead the country until fresh elections can be held on the basis of a new constitution.