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Libyan leader resigns under new anti-Gadhafi law
The president of Libya’s General National Congress resigned Tuesday, becoming the most-senior casualty of a new law that bans officials who had served under late dictator Moammar Gadhafi from holding public office.
The so-called Political Isolation law goes into effect on June 6. It law bars from public office anyone who held an official position from Sept. 1, 1969, when Gadhafi seized power, until the end of the revolution on Oct. 23, 2011. Gadhafi was killed by rebels on Oct. 20, 2011.
Lawmakers passed the legislation on May 5 under pressure from militias, who had laid siege to government ministries in Tripoli.
The law will put out of work dozens of lawmakers, a half-dozen Cabinet members, and hundreds of thousands of government employees.
Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan plans to reshuffle his Cabinet to cope with the imminent departure of ministers.
Mr. Sheikh’s predecessor, Ashour Shuail served as police chief in the eastern city of Benghazi under Gadhafi. Mr. Shuail resigned this month after lawmakers passed the isolation law.
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Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.
Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.
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