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Libyan assembly votes to follow Islamic law
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Local council member of the city of Tripoli and member of the Libyan National Council Ali Zeidan speaks during a conference on Libya, in Doha in this May 11, 2011 file photo. Picture taken May 11, 2011. REUTERS/Mohammed Dabbous
Local council member of the city of Tripoli and member of the Libyan National Council Ali Zeidan speaks during a conference on Libya, in Doha in this May 11, 2011 file photo. Picture taken May 11, 2011. REUTERS/Mohammed Dabbous
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TRIPOLI: Libya's General National Council assembly (GNC) voted on Wednesday to make Islamic Sharia law the base for all legislation and for all state institutions, a decision that may impact banking, criminal and financial law.

"Islamic law is the source of legislation in Libya," the GNC said in a statement after the vote. "All state institutions need to comply with this."

The immediate scope of the decision was not clear, but a special committee would review all existing laws to guarantee they comply with Sharia.

 
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