Govt. of Libya: National

Govt. of Libya: National Last updated on Thursday 22nd April 2010

Libya's constitution, adopted in 1977, declares that the country is ruled by the people through a network of committees, and is an egalitarian, socialist state.

The most important of these people's committees is the General People's Congress (GPC), and this exercises control over all government activities. Government is based strictly on the laws of Islam, the Quran and the Sharia with Colonel Qaddafi as the head of state and 'revolutionary leader'.

Day to day administration is handled by secretariats, which are spread throughout the country. This is part of a deliberate policy of ensuring that management remains on a regional level, utilizing 186 people's congress administrative units.

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