“But the suggestion that the revolution destroyed a “once-secular” country is untenable. Colonel Gaddafi permitted polygamy, banned alcohol and wrote sharia into his constitution. As in Egypt, this sudden nostalgia for ostensibly tolerant dictators is based on a myth. Islam has always been a dominant force in the country, and Gaddafi was no exception. The difference is that Libya’s new democrats are unlikely to slaughter their electorate by the thousand.”
Mahmoud Jibril and his coalition of liberals look set to win a landslide against the Justice and Construction Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya, in the first free national elections in Libya in 60 years. Many were concerned the direction the Arab Spring was taking after the success of the Islamists in Tunisia and Egypt since the toppling of Ben Ali and Mubarak but the Libyan results should change this view the Arab Spring analysis.
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