Aguila Saleh Iissa reacts after being elected as president of the newly elected Libya's House of Representatives at its first formal session in Tobruk August 5, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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Libyan lawmakers, gathered far from the country's chaos and warring militias, have elected a judge as the new parliament speaker.Ageila Saleh Eissa narrowly defeated his rival for the post, Abu-Bakr Baeira, in a 77-74 vote late Monday night from among 158 lawmakers who convened the parliament's inaugural session in the eastern city of Tobruk.In the weeks leading up the session, Islamist militias, armed wings of Islamist factions and cities allied to them launched a violent offensive, battling with rivals in Tripoli and overwhelming much of Benghazi.
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