Libya has taken an “important step forward” with this month’s election results and the vote process showed the Libyan people’s “commitment to democracy,” the White House said.

White House spokesman Jay Carney on Wednesday offered Washington’s congratulations to “all the parties and candidates who have won seats” in the General National Congress in the July 7 poll, the first since the ouster of Moamer Kadhafi.

Libya’s liberal coalition beat Islamist parties, according to results unveiled by the country’s electoral commission on Tuesday — but it remained unclear who will dominate the next congress.

The National Forces Alliance, led by wartime prime minister Mahmud Jibril, gained 39 of 80 seats open to parties in the congress, while the Justice and Construction Party, which was launched by Libya’s Muslim Brotherhood, took 17.

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