Libyans mark 2011 uprising with hopes pinned on interim gov’t

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    Libyans have marked the 10th anniversary of the start of the uprising that led to the overthrow and eventual killing of leader Muammar Gaddafi.

    Crowds in the country’s second-largest city Benghazi, as well as Tripoli’s Martyrs’ Square.

    A new interim government has been appointed with elections expected in December.

    Libya has been mired in conflict for years as two rival forces battled each other but UN-led talks resulted in an October deal.

    Al Jazeera’s Malik Traina reports from Tripoli, Libya.  

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    In This Story: Libya

    Libya, officially the State of Libya, is a country in the Maghreb region in North Africa, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Egypt to the east, Sudan to the southeast, Chad to the south, Niger to the southwest, Algeria to the west, and Tunisia to the northwest.

    The sovereign state is made of three historical regions: Tripolitania, Fezzan and Cyrenaica. The largest city and capital, Tripoli, is located in western Libya and contains over three million of Libya’s seven million people. The second-largest city is Benghazi, which is located in eastern Libya.

    Libya became independent as a kingdom in 1951. A military coup in 1969 overthrew King Idris I. Parts of Libya are currently split between rival Tobruk and Tripoli-based governments, as well as various tribal and Islamist militias.

    Libya is a member of the United Nations (since 1955), the Non-Aligned Movement, the Arab League, the OIC and OPEC. The country’s official religion is Islam, with 96.6% of the Libyan population being Sunni Muslims.

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