TRIPOLI  - Libya’s new rulers on Wednesday scrapped a law from the regime of Muammar Gaddafi which made formation of a political party a criminal act, the official news agency WAL reported. The National Transitional Council “repealed the law that considered forming political parties as criminal and which was imposed by the despotic regime of Gaddafi to enforce his views by force in Libya,” WAL said. The law had been in effect since 1972. Since the ouster of Gaddafi, several political parties have been formed in Libya, and some were set up even during the conflict itself in the eastern city of Benghazi, the cradle of the uprising against the former leader.