Libya Will Follow Sharia Law

    TRIPOLI, LIBYA - AUGUST 30: Libyan rebel soldiers from Bengazi celebrate as they arrive on an ex-Libyan Army frigate on August 30, 2011 in Tripoli, Libya. The arrival of the ex-Libyan army frigate is the first army vessel to enter Tripoli harbour since the NATO sea blockade. Libyan rebel reinforcements arrived today from Bengazi to bolster their surge against the remaining pro-Gaddafi loyalist forces. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

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    The leaders of Libya's National Transitional Council say they will make Islamic law, or Sharia, the "main source" of legislation, giving the country a more Islamist character than it had during the Gaddafi era. Enshrining Sharia as the basis of rule will place Libya alongside Iraq and Egypt, which ensure that no laws contradict the tenets of Islam but do not interpret them as strictly as Saudi Arabia or Iran. The country's transitional leader, Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, said in the ceremony marking the liberation of Libya that polygamy will be legalized, banks charging interest will be abolished, and women will have the right to ask for a divorce but will forgo rights to alimony—all tenets of Islamic law.

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