Libyan Assembly votes in favor of sharia law

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Libya’s national assembly has voted in favor of making sharia law the basis of all legislative decisions in the county, meaning the Islamic legal framework will inform all future banking, criminal and financial cases.

“Islamic law is the source of legislation in Libya,”stated the General National Congress in a statement released  shortly after the vote was held. “All state institutions need  to comply with this,” it said.

The process by which the new sharia law system would be  implemented was not immediately clear, but a special committee  will review all existing laws to ensure their compliance with  Islamic law, according to Reuters. The move came shortly before a  separate vote to establish a 60-person committee which will be  responsible for drafting the country’s new constitution.

Sharia law – the moral code and religious law of Islam –  is  dissimilar to Western ‘codified’ law in that its moral and legal  guidelines are looser. Its rulings are based on the Koran, the  sayings of the Prophet Mohammad and Muslim traditions. In its  strictest form, it is perceived to be the divine will of  God.

Although the sharia law is going to be the source of legislation,  it is not actually becoming a law itself, Stephen Brown,  contributing editor to political web portal “Front Page Magazine”  pointed out.


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