Saturday Jan 21, 201211:50 AM GMT
Libyan protesters call for Sharia laws
Sat Jan 21, 2012 11:48AM
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A Libyan Muslim holding up Holy Quran as a sign of support for Sharia law, (file photo)
Hundreds of people in Libya have staged rallies in major cities, calling on Libyan authorities to enforce Islamic Sharia laws in the North African country.

Protesters staged demonstrations in the main squares of the capital, Tripoli, the eastern city of Benghazi and Sabha.

Holding up copies of the Quran, the protesters chanted slogans and urged the interim government to use the Sharia laws as the source of the constitution.

The protesters also called on the authorities to add an article to the constitution identifying Islam as the state religion.

The organizers of the demonstrations said the move was in response to the formation of secular parties in the country following the downfall of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

In November 2011, Libyan Interim Premier Abdel Rahim al-Kib 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).

Following the victory of the Libyan revolution in October 2011, leaders of the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC), including Head of the NTC Mustafa Abdel-Jalil and Head of the executive office of the NTC Mahmoud Jibril announced Islam would be the main source of legislation in new Libya.

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