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Libya adopts law barring Gaddafi-era officials

Published on May 6, 2013 6:04 AM

TRIPOLI (AFP) - Libya's General National Congress, under pressure from militiamen, on Sunday voted through a controversial law to exclude former regime officials from public posts in a move that could see the premier removed from office.

Gunmen who had surrounded the foreign and justice ministries, to press for officials from dead dictator Muammar Gaddafi's regime who hold top government jobs to be sacked, welcomed the vote and lifted their siege.

State television broadcast live coverage showing 164 lawmakers in the 200-member GNC vote in favour of the law, with just four deputies present voting against.

Under the law, all those who held key official posts from Sept 1, 1969 when Gaddafi took power, until the fall of his regime in October 2011 will be excluded from government.

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