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Libya enacts new laws against Gadhafi loyalists

May 2, 2012
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TRIPOLI, Libya—Libya's rulers have passed new laws aimed at punishing the loyalists of the country's deposed ruler, Moammar Gadhafi.

One law imposes a life sentence on anyone convicted of talking part in Gadhafi's propaganda machine.

Another allows for confiscation of property and possessions of 200 of Gadhafi's supporters, relatives, Cabinet ministers and military commanders.

Anger still boils against Gadhafi's four-decade dictatorship, seen responsible for current problems like squabbling tribes and lack of government institutions.

Libya's interim government, the National Transitional Council, enacted the laws Wednesday, ahead of elections set for June. Libyans will vote for an assembly to form a permanent government and write a constitution.

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