New Libya to be Ruled by Islamic Sharia Law

New Libya to be Ruled by Islamic Sharia Law


Islamic sharia law will prevail in Libya and any existing laws that contradict it will be abolished, National Transitional Council leader Mustafa Abdel-Jalil said Monday, four days after revolutionary fighers killed former dictator Moammar Gadhafi and one day after Libya's new rulers declared national liberation. "As an Islamic country, we have adopted sharia as the principal law," Abdel-Jalil said, adding that any existing laws contradicting the teachings of Islam would be nullified. He outlined several changes to align with Islamic law, such as banning banks from paying interest and lifting restrictions on the number of wives men can have -- under Gadhafi, polygamy was banned, but the Quran allows men up to four wives. Libyan leaders have said they will form a new interim government within a month and hold elections for a constitutional assembly within eight months.

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