Libya passes law banning former Qaddafi officials from government

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Libya's General National Congress approved the 'Political Isolation Law' on Sunday, Al Arabiya correspondent reported.

Libya's parliament passed a law banning anyone who held a senior position during Muammar Qaddafi's 42-year rule from working for the new administration, a move that could force the prime minister to step down.

Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was a diplomat before defecting in 1980 and joining the opposition. The wording of the law adopted has not made it immediately clear whether or not he was senior enough to be barred from the new government.

The law bans individuals who had played any political, economic and educational role in supporting Qaddafi from holding senior positions in the country , Al Arabiya’s correspondent cited the parliament’s statement as saying.

The ban also includes individuals who had used religion to diminish and discourage people from participating in the Libyan revolution that broke out in Feb. 2011 and toppled Qaddafi, the statement added.

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