New Libyan PM backs Islamic sharia law
Libyan interim Prime Minister Abdel Rahim al-Kib
The Libyan interim prime minister, Abdel Rahim al-Kib, has reiterated his future government's adherence to Islamic sharia law a day after he was elected to the position by the National Transitional Council (NTC).
Al-Kib told Radio France Internationale (RFI) on Tuesday that concerns over the implementation of the Islamic law in Libya are unfounded, adding, “We're Muslims. When we say we're Muslims, we don't mean it in the negative way.”
On October 23, NTC chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil said sharia would be Libya's principal law after Libyan people demanded that the Islamic law must be the basis of any new legislation in the freshly-liberated Libya.
"Any law that violates sharia is null and void legally," Jalil insisted.
Al-Kib, an academician and a wealthy businessman who is a native of Tripoli, also rejected concerns raised by Western media over the implementation of Sharia law in the North African country.
“We will not have the extremism that our friends and colleagues in the West are worried about,” he said.
“I personally have lived, and I guarantee you most Libyans have, among Muslims, as well as friends and families that belong to other religions or other faiths,” he added.
Under the NTC's political roadmap, al-Kib will attempt to form an interim government by November 23.
The NTC declared the country's 'liberation' three days after Gaddafi's death and announced a roadmap for a new Libya, which envisioned a 20-month countdown to a general election.
According to the roadmap, the NTC is supposed to hand over power to an elected assembly within eight months. The assembly would then be responsible for writing the constitution.