Three Libyan assembly members have been suspended for Gaddafi links

3 Libya assembly members suspended for Gaddafi links

Members of the Libya’s newly-elected General National Congress are seen during a power transfer ceremony in Tripoli on August 8, 2012.

Thu Aug 30, 2012 1:2AM GMT

Omar al-Hassabi, spokesman for the assembly’s High Organization for Transparency and Nationalism, announced the suspension of Anfish Abdel Moneim, Salma Akheil, and Ibrahim Adah of Obari, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

“We discovered the three representatives were either members of the Gaddafi Revolutionary Guards or involved in criminal anti-revolutionary activities. For this reason, we advised the national congress, which suspended their membership on Wednesday morning,” said the spokesman for the investigative organization, adding that the three can appeal against their suspension by 10 days.

Libyans elected the 200-seat legislative body on July 7. The assembly is tasked with appointing a new interim government, which will rule until new parliamentary elections after the drafting of a new constitution.

The North African country’s first peaceful transition of power in more than four decades took place in an official ceremony in the capital Tripoli on August 8, when the country’s National Transitional Council handed over power to the legislative assembly almost a year after the revolution that toppled long-time dictator Gaddafi.

Libyans rose up against Gaddafi in February 2011 and deposed him in August 2011. He ruled for more than four decades without a legislature.

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