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Libya Reverses a Purge

Earlier this week, Libya’s internationally recognized parliament votedto abolish the controversial Political Isolation Law passed two years ago by the previous legislature. A classic example of lustration, the law disbarred any officials with links to the Qaddafi regime from holding public office. On the face of it, such a move seems natural enough: Why have a revolution at all if you allow the agents of the old regime to slink back to their posts? In fact, though, the law created more problems than it solved.

By Mohamed Eljarh.


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