(AsiaNews/Agencies) - The Islamisation of Libya puts national reconciliation in
jeopardy. Yesterday, the National Transitional Council (NTC) adopted a number
of laws that include life in prison for glorifying Moammar Gaddafi, insulting
Islam or denigrating the 17 February Revolution. For the Libya's rulers, the
country is still at war and such restrictions are needed to prevent it from
beings destabilised ahead of next June's parliamentary elections.
According to one
law, disseminating information that harms state-building is an insult to the
people that deserves incarceration. Another law seizes the assets of the late
dictator's relatives and those of former regime officials.
that since Gaddafi's death and the capture of his son Saif al-Islam, Libya has
fallen to Islamist extremists inside the NTC who want to impose Sharia on the
At the same time,
Libyan villages and towns are flooded with weapons, local sources say.
As insecurity persists,
people take the law into their own hands.
prevailing legal and law enforcement vacuum, organised criminal gangs are
taking advantage of the situation to traffic in food, weapons and money, as
well as control aqueducts.
In order to stop
extremism and tribal revenge, NTC leaders issued a law last week that bans
political parties based on religion, tribe or ethnicity. Groups close to the
Muslim Brotherhood have come out against it and tried to get the NTC to change the
Like in Morocco,
Tunisia and Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists are imposing their
the old regime, they quickly took over oil installations, presenting themselves
as strategic partners to foreign companies brought to Libya by Gaddafi.
funded by Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the Brotherhood will run in the June
election. Given its organisational strengths, it is likely to win.