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They came into being on 27 April 1963. In 1970, after the 1 September 1969 Free Officers Movement coup, there was an administrative reorganization which gave local authorities more power to implement policies of the national government, and redesignated some of the names and boundaries of the ten governorates. In February 1975, Libya issued a law that abolished the governorates and their service directorates, however they continued to operate until they were fully replaced in 1983 by the baladiyat system districts.
As early as 1973, Libya had been divided into forty-six baladiyat for census purposes. In 1983 Libya replaced the governorates structure with the district (baladiyah) one, creating forty-six districts.
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^Zeidan, Shawky S. (1987) "Chapter 4 - Government and Politics: Internal Politics: Subnational Government and Administration" A Country Study: Libya Federal Research Division, Library of Congress
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