Libya parties get assembly seats, women lose quota

February 8, 2012 23:35

TRIPOLI - Libya will reserve two fifths of the seats in its new parliament for political parties, groups that were banned under deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi, according to the final draft of the country's election law published on Wednesday.

The policy reversed an earlier plan to give all seats to independents - a scheme which angered the country's nascent parties who said it would allow wealthy and powerful tribal figures to dominate politics.

The final draft also removed a promised 10 percent quota for female candidates, a move which will infuriate women's rights groups who had hoped for a fresh start after the overthrow of Gaddafi last year.

Libyan's new National Assembly, due to be elected in the country's first free elections in June, will have the job of drawing up a constitution.

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