Libya a 'moderate' Muslim country

AFP , Monday 24 Oct 2011

Libya's interim leader on Monday sought to dispel fears that the North African nation would adopt hardline Islamic rule, a day after he declared Sharia Law the primary source for future legislation

"I would like to assure the international community that we as Libyans are Muslims but moderate Muslims," Mustafa Abdel Jalil said at a news conference in the eastern city of Benghazi.

On Sunday, Abdel Jalil announced that a free Libya would base its laws on sharia (Islamic jurisprudence), at a ceremony during which the country was was declared "liberated" following the capture and killing of ousted despot Muammar Gaddafi.

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