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Oct232011

Libya Celebrates ‘Liberation Day’

Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- Just days after Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi was pronounced dead, Libya announced its liberation Sunday at 4 p.m. local time in Benghazi, ending an eight-month long civil war.

The declaration was delayed as rebel forces worked to secure control of the entire country.

The new government will not be formed without its share of challenges. The country is currently rattled by a national justice system that has 7,000 prisoners of war occupying cells around the country.

The Washington Post reports that the interim government has decided to plan an amnesty for Gadhafi fighters who did not participate in war crimes and who agree to cooperate under the new government.

Celebrations were overshadowed Sunday by word that the autopsy performed on Gadhafi found that he was killed after his capture.

A pathology report confirmed Sunday that Gadhafi died from a gunshot wound to the head.

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