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Benghazi Protesters Demand Autonomy.

Benghazi on Saturday again witnessed a demonstration by about a thousand protesters calling for more autonomy for the eastern part of the country and the reintroduction of the constitution of 1951 to establish a federal system.

The protesters have also been demanding that key institutions like the central bank and oil and finance ministries be relocated in Benghazi.

A federalist demonstrator by the name of Fawzi el-Zoueri was reported saying that the National Assembly has a week to respond to their demands when the entire eastern region will gather in protest to demand the withdrawal of confidence from their representatives, and demand a referendum to start the process of autonomy.

Under the 1951 constitution Libya was divided into three regions; east, west and south. The system was overturned by the Gaddafi regime and federalists claim the east, which was the cradle of the revolution on February 17 last year that overthrew the former dictator, was neglected under his rule.

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Date:Nov 3, 2012
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