Wednesday, April 25, 2012

New Libyan Law Bans Religion-Based Political Parties

Libya's Transnational Council yesterday adopted legislation governing the formation of political parties. Parties have been banned for decades under the rule of Moamer Kadhafi. According to Star Africa, political parties may not be built on regional tribal or religious affiliations. Council member Fathi Baja says the new law is not aimed at moderate Islamists, but is intended to exclude more radical elements "whose politics exclude others." Under the new law, Libya's Muslim Brotherhood will not participate directly in the election, but instead will focus on social development.