Thursday, May 03, 2012

Libya's Ban On Religious Parties Is Reversed

EuroNews reports that Libya's National Transitional Council has reversed a law adopted last month that banned political parties based on religion, tribe or ethnicity. (See prior posting.) Yesterday it promulgated an amended version of the law on formation of political parties that makes no mention of the ban. The Muslim Brotherhood is likely to be the most organized party that emerges.  The Council also promulgated another law that prohibits "offend[ing] the 17th February revolution, anyone who insults the Islamic religion or the state and its institutions." It also bans "glorification of Muammar Gaddafi, his regime, ideas and his children."