TRIPOLI, Libya – Under pressure from armed militias, Libya’s parliament passed a sweeping law Sunday that bans anyone who served as a senior official under Moammar Gadhafi during his 42 year-long rule from working in government.
The Political Isolation Law could lead to the dismissal of many current leaders, some of whom had defected to the rebel side during the country’s 2011 civil war or had been elected to office since Gadhafi’s ouster and killing.
The move is likely to further stall the country’s already rocky transition to democracy by ousting elected lawmakers.
Suicide car bomber kills 7 in Mogadishu
Seven people were killed Sunday morning in Mogadishu, Somalia, when a suicide bomber attempted to ram a car laden with explosives into a military convoy escorting a four-member Qatari delegation.
Gen. Garad Nor Abdulle, a senior police official said the members of the Qatari delegation who were being escorted in the interior minister’s convoy were unharmed and safely reached their hotel.
Ruling coalition wins Malaysia vote
Malaysia’s long-governing coalition won national elections Sunday to extend its 56 years of unbroken rule, fending off the strongest opposition it has ever faced but exposing vulnerabilities in the process.
The Election Commission reported that Prime Minister Najib Razak’s National Front coalition captured 127 of Malaysia’s 222 parliamentary seats to win a majority Sunday. Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s three-party alliance seized 77 seats, and other races were too close to call.
It was the National Front’s 13th consecutive victory in general elections since independence from Britain in 1957.
Mexico chief calls for unity on holiday
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto commemorated Cinco de Mayo on Sunday by urging his countrymen to tackle current problems with the same unity and commitment that defeated the French 151 years ago.
Pena Nieto said in Mexico City that the holiday celebrates principles that encourage the political forces and federal government to pursue a transformative reform agenda that the country demands and needs.
Cinco de Mayo marks the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, when Mexican troops defeated a French army of Napoleon III, then considered the mightiest military in the world.
The anniversary was marked Sunday with a military parade.