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New Libya to be run based on Islam: NTC

After naming a new Cabinet, the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) leaders say Islam will be the main source of legislation in new Libya.

Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, the head of the NTC, and Mahmoud Jbiril, the head of the executive office of the NTC, made the announcement on Monday at a joint press conference in the eastern city of Benghazi, AP reported.

Abdel-Jalil said that as a majority of Libyans are moderate Muslims they would reject the existence of any extremist factions in the interim government.

Both leaders also pledged to step down as soon as the country had been fully secured and free from forces loyal to the fugitive ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

The new cabinet was named after weeks of political bickering to decide whether to discuss the new governing authority when Gaddafi loyalists are still in control of the city of Bani Walid.

Battles are currently ongoing as NTC forces struggle to gain control of the city.

On Monday, revolutionary fighters took control of Gaddafi’s birthplace in the city of Sirt.

Revolutionary fighters have so far gained control of the capital Tripoli and most of the rest of the North African country.

Libya has been the scene of intense fighting between government troops and opposition fighters since the revolution seeking to topple Gaddafi began in mid-February.

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