17 Feb 2012

Libya celebrates anniversary of revolt

9:26 pm on 17 February 2012

Libyans are marking one year since the start of the revolution which toppled Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

Celebrations are planned in towns and cities across the country.

Some have already begun in the eastern city of Benghazi, where the revolt began.

One resident in Benghazi says he could never have imagined the changes Libya has undergone during the past year.

But recently there has been increased violence in the country, as the interim government struggles to deal with the armed militias which helped oust Colonel Gaddafi.

The BBC reports that Libya's new leaders are having little success in persuading the battle hardened men to join any of the national security forces.

Disputes between rival militias are frequent and often violent, and there are fears that unless they are controlled and disarmed soon, Libya could slide back into oppression and instability.