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Category: Religious News
Libyan leader seeks to calm West on Sharia fears
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - After giving a speech that emphasized the
Islamization of Libya, the head of the transitional government is
reassuring the Western powers who helped topple Moammar Gadhafi
that the country's new leaders are moderate Muslims.
National Transitional Council leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil said
Sunday that Islamic Sharia law would be the main source of
legislation, that laws contradicting its tenets would be nullified,
and that polygamy would be legalized.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the U.S. has
seen other "Islamic-based democracies wrestle with the issue of
establishing rule of law." She added that universal human rights
must be "fully respected."
Some nations, such as Iran and Saudi Arabia, follow a strict
interpretation of Islamic law that mandates cutting off the hands
of thieves, the heads of murderers and stoning adulterers to death.
Those who drink alcohol are publicly flogged.