Libya has voted to make sharia law the basis of all legislation.
Two years after the NATO-backed uprising that ousted Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is still in messy transition with no new constitution and its temporary assembly caught in deadlock between an Islamist party and political rivals.
As in Tunisia and Egypt where autocratic leaders were ousted in the Arab Spring revolts, Libya has seen fierce debate over the role of Islam in its new democracy with the rise of hardline Islamists long oppressed by Gaddafi
“Islamic law is the source of legislation in Libya,” the General National Congress said in a statement after the vote on Wednesday (Dec. 4). “All state institutions need to comply with this.”