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Libya to naturalise royals overthrown by Gaddafi

The Libyan government issued a decree to naturalise the royal family of the late King Idris Muhammad Al-Mahdi Al-Sanusi who was overthrown by Muammar Gaddafi regime.

The decree, issued yesterday, stipulates that Al-Sanusi and his heirs regain their Libyan nationality and properties confiscated by the Gaddafi regime.

Libya's state news agency said today that Article II of Resolution No 146 of 2014 orders the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to amend its records and commission passports and citizenship for the king's heirs.

The article commissions the Land Registry to return the late king's property to his family which was seized by the former regime.

Al-Sanusi was the first governor of Libya after independence from Italy and the Allied forces on December 25, 1951, until 1969. He was toppled by Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in a military coup .

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