Young Libyans celebrating Independence Day
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Libya celebrates independence day

For the first time in more than four decades, Libyans have been celebrating the anniversary of their nation's independence from Italy and France.

After Col Gaddafi seized power in 1969, he banned the holiday, replacing it instead with a day marking the anniversary of his coup - 1 September - which has been marked for the past 42 years.

Mark Lowen reports from Tripoli.

  • 25 Dec 2011
  • From the section Africa