Under pressure from armed militias, Libya’s parliament passed a sweeping law Sunday that bans anyone who served as a senior official under Moammar Gadhafi during his 42-year-long rule from working in government.
The Political Isolation Law could lead to the dismissal of many leaders, some of whom had defected to the rebel side during the country’s 2011 civil war or had been elected to office since Gadhafi’s ouster and killing. The move is likely to further stall the country’s rocky transition to democracy by ousting elected lawmakers.
It injects a new dose of uncertainty into Libyan politics in a still-fragile transition. Liberals say it will give a boost to Islamists, who performed poorly in recent elections compared with their counterparts in other Arab states, although Islamists said they could also be affected by the ban.