Libyan parliament approves anti-terror law

The new legislation provides a framework as well as specific activities.

Libyan parliament approves anti-terror law

World Bulletin / News Desk

Libya's parliament on Tuesday approved anti-terrorism legislation, the first law to be passed by the recently-elected assembly.

The law provides definitions of "terrorism," the most serious manifestation of which is taking up arms against the state, Libyan MP Eissa al-Oreibi said.

"The new legislation provides a framework as well as specific activities," he said.

"Parliament has voted on a final draft of the legislation, which was discussed throughout this week," al-Oreibi told Anadolu Agency.

Al-Oreibi said parliament would submit the draft legislation to a soon-to-be-announced emergency government led by Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni.

"The new government will draw up an implementation mechanism for the law," al-Oreibi said, adding that a more detailed version of the approved legislation would be unveiled shortly.

Libya's new parliament held its first session on August 4, convening in the eastern city of Tobruk.

The new assembly assumed legislative authority from Libya's General National Congress, the mandate of which ended earlier this year.

A total of 188 Libyan candidates managed to win parliamentary polls held on June 25.

Twelve parliamentary seats remain vacant, however, due to Libya's deteriorating security situation.

In recent months, Libya has been plagued by heavy fighting between a loosely organized national army and militias that held onto their weapons following a bloody 2011 uprising that ended the rule of strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

Libyan capital Tripoli has been the scene of particularly fierce clashes between warring militias for control of the city's vital facilities.

Benghazi, Libya's second city, has also recently turned into a battlefield between troops loyal to renegade general Khalifa Haftar and the Ansar al-Sharia militia.

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