Libya’s transitional leader has declared Islamic Sharia law will be the “basic source” of the country’s new legal system, and all legislation contradicting the teachings of Islam would be nullified.
Speaking at a victory declaration ceremony in Benghazi on Saturday, National Transitional Council leader Mustapha Abdul-Jalil made the pronouncement because This revolution was looked after by God to achieve victory,” reports USA Today.
In a gesture showing his own piety, Abdul-Jalil urged Libyans not to express their joy by firing in the air, but rather to chant “Allahu Akbar,” or God is Great. He then stepped aside and knelt to offer a brief prayer of thanks.
The country will immediately adopt the Sharia banking system, which bans interest-bearing loans, and void out any existing loans by any Libyan, up to 10,000 Libyan dinars (about US$7,500).
All civilians and military personnel who took part in the revolution would see their rank promoted one level, and a package of benefits would later be announced for all fighters.
Abdul-Jalil also praised the Gulf Cooperation Council, a six-nation alliance led by Saudi Arabia, The Arab League and the European Union. NATO, which aided the anti-Gaddafi fighters with airstrikes, performed its task with “efficiency and professionalism,” he said.