Muslim Brotherhood forms political party in Libya

Published: Saturday, March 3 2012 11:48 p.m. MST

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — The Muslim Brotherhood in Libya has formed a political party after six decades in the shadows of dictator Moammar Gadhafi's regime.

The Islamist group declared the formation of the Justice and Development Party on Saturday in the absence of laws laying out a formal process for the formation of political parties.

The Brotherhood faces competition from other more hard-line Islamist groups, but is considered the most organized movement in Libya that has a nationwide presence.

Many of the Brotherhood's supporters have returned to Libya since last year's civil war ended, opening up civil society groups and charitable funds throughout the war-ravaged country.

Brotherhood spokesman Mohamed Gaair says the group has representation in over 18 cities.

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