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Libyan leader calls for unity on 2nd anniversary

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MAGGIE MICHAEL | February 17, 2013 07:46 AM EST | AP


BENGHAZI, Libya — Libya's leader has called for unity in the North African nation as the country celebrates the second anniversary of the uprising that toppled longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

Addressing thousands of flag-waving Libyans on Sunday, Mohammed el-Megarif urged his countrymen to "join ranks and resolve our differences to build our nation."

He also promised to fight poverty and "marginalization," and to give Libyans extra cash to mark the occasion. He did not say how much or how the money would be distributed.

El-Megarif spoke at a rally in Benghazi, the eastern Libyan city that is the birthplace of the anti-Gadhafi uprising.