Libya Is Declared Liberated

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Libya's interim rulers declared Sunday that the nation was liberated following the civil war that led to the capture and death of longtime strongman Moammar Gadhafi.

The declaration indicated that the oil-rich North African country's interim leaders intend to give the new government an Islamist slant.

The head of the National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, made the liberation declaration in front of a crowd of thousands in in the eastern city of Benghazi, the Associated Press reported.

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At the ceremony, Abdul-Jalil said Islamic Sharia law would become the "basic source" of Libya's legislation, adding that the government would nullify existing laws that are at odds with Islamic teachings, the AP also reported.

One such change, he said, would be lifting existing restrictions on how many women Libyan men can marry, the news agency added.

The National Transition Council is expected to lead Libya through a two-year transition to democracy, the AP noted.

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The head of the National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, delivers the address Sunday in which he declared Libya liberated.
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