Wednesday 16 April 2014

Ex-Gaddafi aides banned from office

Libyan interim president Mohammed el-Megarif may be ousted under a new law (AP)

Libya's parliament has passed a law that bans government officials who held senior positions under Muammar Gaddafi from holding high-level posts.

The bill, dubbed the Political Isolation Law, could effectively dismiss many of Libya's current leaders for having served under Gaddafi decades ago, regardless of their role during the 2011 uprising that overthrew him.

The General National Congress, Libya's elected parliament, voted overwhelmingly in favour of the law.

A parliamentary spokesman said after a live broadcast of the vote that a committee will be formed to see who it affects.

Notably absent from the voting was the head of Congress, Mohammed al-Megarif, who may be ousted under the new law.

Premier Ali Zidan, who served as a diplomat under Gaddafi, may also be among those affected.

Press Association

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