U.N.-led Libya forum selects new interim government

Men watch the elections to choose the new interim government on a TV screen at a cafe in Benghazi

GENEVA (Reuters) - A U.N.-led Libya forum on Friday selected an interim government via a vote, choosing Mohammed al-Menfi as presidency council head and Abdulhamid Dbeibeh as prime minister.

Their list won with 39 votes versus 34 for their rivals: eastern-based parliament chief Aguila Saleh and western-based interior minister Fathi Bashagha as prime minister.

"On behalf of the United Nations I am pleased to witness this historic moment," said U.N. acting Libya envoy Stephanie Williams, who was interrupted by applause.

(Reporting by Angus McDowall and Emma Farge)