Tunisia’s moderate Islamic party has declared victory in the weekend election. In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood stands to gain from next month’s poll.

So an announcement that Libya’s fledgling government plans to bring in a form of sharia law is sending shudders through Western countries that supported the rebels and that had high hopes the Arab Spring would usher in a new era of democracy for North Africa and the Middle East.

It was particularly worrying after reports surfaced of more than 50 decomposing bodies found with hands bound, apparently executed by rebels in Moammar Gadhafi’s hometown of Sirte. That followed growing questions about the rule of law after Gadhafi’s own death from bullet wounds as a captive.

On Sunday, Libya’s interim leader, Mustafa Abdel Jalil — a former justice minister — told a cheering crowd in Benghazi that Libya was an Islamic country and “we take the Islamic religion as the core of our new government. The constitution will be based on our Islamic religion.”

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