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Libya: Semi-autonomy declared by leaders in east

Tribal leaders and militia commanders in the Libyan city of Benghazi have declared their region to be semi-autonomous.

They say the move is necessary as the region, once known as Cyrenaica, has been neglected for decades.

The vast, oil-rich area stretches from the city of Sirte to the border with Egypt.

But the move has caused tension with the governing National Transitional Council (NTC) in the capital Tripoli.

The BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse has this report from Benghazi.

  • 07 Mar 2012
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