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Libya bans glorification of Gaddafi

Libya cracks down on pro-Gaddafi sympathy.

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The new Libyan flag flutters near the bronze falcon that once decorated the Bab al-Aziziya compound of slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. (JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)

Libya today criminalized the glorification of former leader Muammar Gaddafi, his sons, and his regime, according to The Tripoli Post

The laws passed by the country's interim ruling National Transitional Council include the confiscation of property of some 200 Gaddafi relatives, supporters, and former political allies, reported The Associated Press

"Praising or glorifying Muammar Gaddfi, his regime, his ideas or his sons... is punishable by a prison sentence," The Tripoli Post cited the law as saying. 

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The longtime African leader was ousted from power by popular protest last year and later brutally killed.

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The government also passed a law that revised a controversial ban against faith-based parties as well as those based on tribe or ethnicity, reported Australia's ABC, quoting government judicial official Salwa Al-Dgheily as saying the "point has been dropped and so any party or political organization will follow the law as it is now." 

Libyans will head to the polls next month to elect representatives tasked with appointing a permanent government and writing a constitution, said AP

The country's transitional rulers say the new constitution will likely conform to Islamic law, or Sharia, but it is unclear to what extent, according to reports

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