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Libya celebrates Independence Day amid hopes to end divide

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

Today, Libya celebrates the 67th anniversary of its independence in the shadow of a political divide and absence of the state in its official form amid hopes to end this divide.

On this day in 1951, Prince Idris al-Sanusi announced from the balcony of Al-Manar Palace in Benghazi to the Libyan people and the world that Libya had become an independent, free and sovereign country.

The Interim Government and the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) agreed that Monday was an official holiday marking the anniversary.

The Interim Government said that this glorious anniversary comes amid renewal of the greed of the old colonizer, who exploited the state of chaos in the country, the absence of the state in its official form, and attempts from some parties to turn it into a battlefield for further interests and to devote the influence of the colonizer on homeland, the Interim Government said.

Today we celebrate this solemn event, which means sovereignty and immunity, and odium of the symbols of dependency that tried to make independence a mere memory that has no effect in reality, the Interim Government added.

The anniversary of independence, no matter how different people are about its symbolism and its origin as a concept and a materialistic reality, remains a great and beloved occasion for the Libyans, celebrating it in an atmosphere of pride of citizenship and belonging, the government stressed.

The government renewed the call on this occasion to follow the steps of the founding fathers by giving priority to the supreme interest of homeland and meeting on one word so that the country will return to its dignity, prestige and glory.

It also called for arbitration of the language of reason and national reconciliation until we build our country without dependence on the colonizer.

Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ghassan Salame, congratulated the Libyans on the occasion, saying, “I salute my Libyan brothers on the anniversary of their country’s independence, and I hope they will unite soon.”

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