Libya marks liberation anniversary amid continued fighting

By REUTERS
October 23, 2012 20:19

 
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TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Libya - Libya marked the first anniversary of its "liberation" of Muammar Gaddafi's rule on Tuesday, but ongoing fighting in one of the dictator's former stronghold overshadowed celebrations.

The oil-producing country was declared "liberated" a few days after Gaddafi's death on October 20, 2011, and while its new rulers have led the nation to elections, they have struggled to impose their authority on a country awash with weapons.

"Our happiness is not complete because there are still some cities that are not fully liberated," said 27-year-old Benghazi shop assistant Baset al-Sharif.

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