New rulers declare Libya officially liberated

October 24th, 2011 - 1:53 am ICT by IANS  

Benghazi, Oct 24 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Libya’s transitional government Sunday declared national liberation.

“Declaration of Liberation. Raise your head high. You are a free Libyan,” National Transitional Council (NTC) deputy head Abdel Hafiz Ghoga announced from the stage before a jubilant crowd in Benghazi, where the revolt against Muammar Gaddafi began.

Thousands of voices echoed him chanting, “You are a free Libyan!”

Gaddafi, who had ruled Libya for 42 years, was captured and killed by NTC fighters Thursday near his home town of Sirte. There is still much controversy over the circumstances surrounding his death.

The former Libyan strongman died of a gunshot wound to the head, according to the results of an autopsy completed by doctors Sunday.

“The Libyan people confirm their respect for international law… mutual interest and cooperation with all countries, particularly Libya’s neighbours,” Ghoga said in his speech.

“We are entering a new phase, one which asks more responsibility from all of us. May long live the revolution. May long live Libya.”

–IANS/RIA Novosti
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