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Sharia to be basis of Libyan law; men to be permitted 4 wives

Catholic World News - October 24, 2011

Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, the leader of Libya’s transitional government, has announced that sharia will be the “basic source” of law in post-Qadaffi Libya.

“We are an Islamic country,” Abdul-Jalil said. “We take the Islamic religion as the core of our new government. The constitution will be based on our Islamic religion.”

Wire services reported that Abdul-Jalil announced that the new government would lift “restrictions on the number of wives Libyan men can take.” The Qur’an permits men to have four wives.

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Libyan law currently permits a man to take up to four wives, but only with the consent of the first wife and only with proof that he can support more than one wife.

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  • Posted by: Ken - Oct. 24, 2011 8:07 PM ET USA

    Arab spring. Go figure. Obama can't.

  • Posted by: Defender - Oct. 24, 2011 2:45 PM ET USA

    You could see this was going to happen...this administration has no concept of how the world operates. To think that Libya would become a democracy because the West assisted their new found government proves the point.

  • Posted by: fred3885 - Oct. 24, 2011 11:07 AM ET USA

    Is anyone surprised by this? Bad as they were the north-african dictators kept peace and prosperity. Ben Ali and Mubarak weren't that bad, Qaddafi was as he supported terrorism for many years. However those who will replace them might not be better, at least in Libya. In egypt elections are still far away as the military are reluctant to relinquish their powers. In the case of Libya, things might be as bad as Iraq if Qaddafi loyalists are not defeated. Have things really improved? My guess is no

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