Libya: Cyrenaica Council declares autonomy from Tripoli

Thousands take to streets of El Merj to support declaration

(ANSAmed) - TUNIS, JUNE 3 - The Cyrenaica Council, a political party in the eastern coastal Libyan region of the same name, has declared independence from the central government in Tripoli, Malian online newspaper L'Essor reported Monday. The declaration was made by Ahmed Zoubar al-Senoussi, cousin to former King Idris, who was deposed by Gaddafi in 1969. Thousands of people in the city of El Merj took to the streets in support of what was a largely symbolic but politically significant declaration, according to L'Essor. Oil-rich Cyrenaica and its capital, Benghazi, were the hotbed of the 2011 armed uprising against Gaddafi. The Cyrenaica Council intends to reinstate a 1951 constitution separating powers between Tripoli and Benghazi, Senoussi said. (ANSAmed).

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