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Libya officially declares liberation

world Updated: Oct 25, 2011 02:28 IST
Reuters
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Libya officially declared liberation, with National Transitional Council officials chanting "raise your head high, you are a free Libyan" on Sunday after 42 years of one-man rule by Muammar Gaddafi, who was captured and killed last week.


Abdul Hafiz Ghoga, the council's vice-chairman, wrapped with a tri-colour flag, took to the podium, smiling and declared liberation, echoing slogans first head in Egypt when long-time ruler Hosni Mubarak was toppled.

Tens of thousands of Libyans gathered in Benghazi chanted back.