October 23, 2011 / 3:57 PM / 8 years ago

Libya officially declares liberation

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Libya officially declared liberation, with National Transitional Council officials chanting “raise your head high, you are a free Libyan” 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-color 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.

Writing by Dina Zayed

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