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Coalition Led By Pro-Western Official Claims Lead In Libya

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Libyan men hold their elections ID cards while celebrating election day in Tripoli, Libya, Saturday, July 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)
Libyan men hold their elections ID cards while celebrating election day in Tripoli, Libya, Saturday, July 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

TRIPOLI, Libya — A coalition led by a Western-educated political scientist appeared on Sunday to be beating its Islamist rivals in Libya’s first election after Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, breaking an Islamist wave that swept across neighboring Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco in the aftermath of the Arab Spring uprisings.

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