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.