Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) made the following statement today in response to the outcome of the elections in Libya.
"Libya has made an important step forward by holding elections. They are to be congratulated. It is hard to underestimate what an amazing year it's been for Libyans who went from four decades of autocracy to the green shoots of a democracy of their own choosing.
This is only the beginning of a long process of building a more representative and tolerant political order. A constitution must be drafted, a permanent government elected, and Libya's many militia groups consolidated into professional security services. The United States and the international community are ready to support the process and look forward to a long-term relationship."