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Benghazi's Autonomy Push Highlights Libya's Fragile Future

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Libya's increasingly precarious post-Gaddafi stability was further clouded Tuesday, when a conference of tribal leaders and militia commanders unilaterally declared a semiautonomous state in the country's oil-rich east. That's unlikely to be acceptable to Libyans in the capital and throughout western Libya, who see the attempted secession of the east as little more than a grab for power and resources. The sprawling North African country has struggled to overcome the legacy of corruption and abuse -- as well as the complete absence of political infrastructure and the impact of months of civil war -- left by the 42-year dictatorship of Col. Muammar Gaddafi, overthrown last summer.
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Amanda Lang was a wonderful member of the Opednews team, and the first volunteer editor, for a good number of years being a senior editor. She passed away summer 2014.

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