The Colorful Life of Gaddafi

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Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi; also known simply as Colonel Gaddafi; born 7 June 1942) has been the de facto leader of Libya since a coup in 1969.

That's more than a decade longer than Mubarak, whose nation seemed to run out of patience with.

From 1972, when Gaddafi relinquished the title of prime minister, he has been accorded the honorifics "Guide of the First of September Great Revolution of the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya" or "Brotherly Leader and Guide of the Revolution" in government statements and the official press. Continue reading below »

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Gaddafi and his 'Virgin' guards (Amazonian Guard)
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Image 1 of 16:  1 / 16Gaddafi and his "Virgin" guards (Amazonian Guard)

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Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi has been ruling Libya for a whopping 41 years.
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Image 2 of 16:  2 / 16Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi has been ruling Libya for a whopping 41 years.

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Friends with all the great dictators: President Hafez al-Asad with Libyan leader Mouammar al-Qaddafi in 1977.
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Image 3 of 16:  3 / 16Friends with all the great dictators: President Hafez al-Asad with Libyan leader Mouammar al-Qaddafi in 1977.

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He kept controversial company: April 18, 1971 Syria´s President Hafez al-Asad (R) with President Anwa4r Al-Sadat (L) of Egypt and Qaddafi(sitting in the center).
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Image 4 of 16:  4 / 16He kept controversial company: April 18, 1971 Syria´s President Hafez al-Asad (R) with President Anwa4r Al-Sadat (L) of Egypt and Qaddafi(sitting in the center).

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Renowned for being the Father of International Terrorism: Gaddafi defended his position at his compound--that was bombed by the U.S. in 1986--in Tripoli, Libya.
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Image 5 of 16:  5 / 16Renowned for being the Father of International Terrorism: Gaddafi defended his position at his compound--that was bombed by the U.S. in 1986--in Tripoli, Libya.

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Gaddafi always one for the spotlight: here on an official two-day visit to Italy for talks with another colorful leader Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
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Image 6 of 16:  6 / 16Gaddafi always one for the spotlight: here on an official two-day visit to Italy for talks with another colorful leader Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

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Gaddafi arrives in Italy - where Berlusconi is already in trouble with his female population - and invites 500+ women from an escort agency  for some 'Islam' in a private self-delivered lecture inviting conversion.
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Image 7 of 16:  7 / 16Gaddafi arrives in Italy - where Berlusconi is already in trouble with his female population - and invites 500+ women from an escort agency for some 'Islam' in a private self-delivered lecture inviting conversion.

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Like a 'Rock Star' Gaddafi attends the photo exhibition wearing his shades!
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Image 8 of 16:  8 / 16Like a "Rock Star" Gaddafi attends the photo exhibition wearing his shades!

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) greets Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on August 31, 2009 in Tripoli, Libya.  Libya is set for a week-long celebration to mark the 40-year anniversary of Muammar al-Gaddafi's rise to power.
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Image 9 of 16:  9 / 16Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) greets Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on August 31, 2009 in Tripoli, Libya. Libya is set for a week-long celebration to mark the 40-year anniversary of Muammar al-Gaddafi's rise to power.

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Bright colors and pomp: Gaddafi not one for making a quiet entrance: loves the spotlight, adopting an exaggerated almost pantomime dress style at times, confirming his reputation as eccentric and flamboyant.
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Image 10 of 16:  10 / 16Bright colors and pomp: Gaddafi not one for making a quiet entrance: loves the spotlight, adopting an exaggerated almost pantomime dress style at times, confirming his reputation as eccentric and flamboyant.

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Gaddafi signs 'The Green Book'. The book is written by Gaddfi himself, contains controversial ideas about women, and it was first published in 1975.
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Image 11 of 16:  11 / 16Gaddafi signs "The Green Book". The book is written by Gaddfi himself, contains controversial ideas about women, and it was first published in 1975.

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Other world leaders are not immune to the charms of this bizarre personality : Gaddafi shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama during the G8 summit on July 9, 2009 in L'Aquila, Italy.
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Image 12 of 16:  12 / 16Other world leaders are not immune to the charms of this bizarre personality : Gaddafi shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama during the G8 summit on July 9, 2009 in L'Aquila, Italy.

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Gadaffi's son, Hannibal Gadaffi. He first came to our attention when he and pregnant wife Aline were arrested in a Geneva luxury hotel 2008 on charges of mistreating two domestic employees.
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Image 13 of 16:  13 / 16Gadaffi's son, Hannibal Gadaffi. He first came to our attention when he and pregnant wife Aline were arrested in a Geneva luxury hotel 2008 on charges of mistreating two domestic employees.

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Gadaffi's son, Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, has been accused of money-laundering and endangering an international journalist's life. He is the president of the Libyan National Association for Drugs and Narcotics Control (DNAG).
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Image 14 of 16:  14 / 16Gadaffi's son, Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, has been accused of money-laundering and endangering an international journalist's life. He is the president of the Libyan National Association for Drugs and Narcotics Control (DNAG).

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 Though many in the public eye have been on record saying they do not take him seriously, they have had to tolerate him. his relations with the UK for instance are particularly sensitive since'Lockerbie' which caused the death of many Britons in a tragic terrorist air crash over Scotland.
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Image 15 of 16:  15 / 16 Though many in the public eye have been on record saying they do not take him seriously, they have had to tolerate him. his relations with the UK for instance are particularly sensitive since'Lockerbie' which caused the death of many Britons in a tragic terrorist air crash over Scotland.

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Mahmoud Abbas meets with Gaddafi (R) inside Gaddafi's personal tent in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.  He has been associated with Pan Arabism, Pan Islamism and African Union.
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Image 16 of 16:  16 / 16Mahmoud Abbas meets with Gaddafi (R) inside Gaddafi's personal tent in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. He has been associated with Pan Arabism, Pan Islamism and African Union.

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Gaddafi and his 'Virgin' guards (Amazonian Guard)

Image 1 of 16Gaddafi and his "Virgin" guards (Amazonian Guard)

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Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi has been ruling Libya for a whopping 41 years.

Image 2 of 16Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi has been ruling Libya for a whopping 41 years.

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Friends with all the great dictators: President Hafez al-Asad with Libyan leader Mouammar al-Qaddafi in 1977.

Image 3 of 16Friends with all the great dictators: President Hafez al-Asad with Libyan leader Mouammar al-Qaddafi in 1977.

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He kept controversial company: April 18, 1971 Syria´s President Hafez al-Asad (R) with President Anwa4r Al-Sadat (L) of Egypt and Qaddafi(sitting in the center).

Image 4 of 16He kept controversial company: April 18, 1971 Syria´s President Hafez al-Asad (R) with President Anwa4r Al-Sadat (L) of Egypt and Qaddafi(sitting in the center).

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Renowned for being the Father of International Terrorism: Gaddafi defended his position at his compound--that was bombed by the U.S. in 1986--in Tripoli, Libya.

Image 5 of 16Renowned for being the Father of International Terrorism: Gaddafi defended his position at his compound--that was bombed by the U.S. in 1986--in Tripoli, Libya.

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Gaddafi always one for the spotlight: here on an official two-day visit to Italy for talks with another colorful leader Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Image 6 of 16Gaddafi always one for the spotlight: here on an official two-day visit to Italy for talks with another colorful leader Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

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Gaddafi arrives in Italy - where Berlusconi is already in trouble with his female population - and invites 500+ women from an escort agency  for some 'Islam' in a private self-delivered lecture inviting conversion.

Image 7 of 16Gaddafi arrives in Italy - where Berlusconi is already in trouble with his female population - and invites 500+ women from an escort agency for some 'Islam' in a private self-delivered lecture inviting conversion.

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Like a 'Rock Star' Gaddafi attends the photo exhibition wearing his shades!

Image 8 of 16Like a "Rock Star" Gaddafi attends the photo exhibition wearing his shades!

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) greets Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on August 31, 2009 in Tripoli, Libya.  Libya is set for a week-long celebration to mark the 40-year anniversary of Muammar al-Gaddafi's rise to power.

Image 9 of 16Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) greets Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on August 31, 2009 in Tripoli, Libya. Libya is set for a week-long celebration to mark the 40-year anniversary of Muammar al-Gaddafi's rise to power.

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Bright colors and pomp: Gaddafi not one for making a quiet entrance: loves the spotlight, adopting an exaggerated almost pantomime dress style at times, confirming his reputation as eccentric and flamboyant.

Image 10 of 16Bright colors and pomp: Gaddafi not one for making a quiet entrance: loves the spotlight, adopting an exaggerated almost pantomime dress style at times, confirming his reputation as eccentric and flamboyant.

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Gaddafi signs 'The Green Book'. The book is written by Gaddfi himself, contains controversial ideas about women, and it was first published in 1975.

Image 11 of 16Gaddafi signs "The Green Book". The book is written by Gaddfi himself, contains controversial ideas about women, and it was first published in 1975.

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Other world leaders are not immune to the charms of this bizarre personality : Gaddafi shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama during the G8 summit on July 9, 2009 in L'Aquila, Italy.

Image 12 of 16Other world leaders are not immune to the charms of this bizarre personality : Gaddafi shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama during the G8 summit on July 9, 2009 in L'Aquila, Italy.

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Gadaffi's son, Hannibal Gadaffi. He first came to our attention when he and pregnant wife Aline were arrested in a Geneva luxury hotel 2008 on charges of mistreating two domestic employees.

Image 13 of 16Gadaffi's son, Hannibal Gadaffi. He first came to our attention when he and pregnant wife Aline were arrested in a Geneva luxury hotel 2008 on charges of mistreating two domestic employees.

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Gadaffi's son, Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, has been accused of money-laundering and endangering an international journalist's life. He is the president of the Libyan National Association for Drugs and Narcotics Control (DNAG).

Image 14 of 16Gadaffi's son, Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, has been accused of money-laundering and endangering an international journalist's life. He is the president of the Libyan National Association for Drugs and Narcotics Control (DNAG).

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 Though many in the public eye have been on record saying they do not take him seriously, they have had to tolerate him. his relations with the UK for instance are particularly sensitive since'Lockerbie' which caused the death of many Britons in a tragic terrorist air crash over Scotland.

Image 15 of 16 Though many in the public eye have been on record saying they do not take him seriously, they have had to tolerate him. his relations with the UK for instance are particularly sensitive since'Lockerbie' which caused the death of many Britons in a tragic terrorist air crash over Scotland.

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Mahmoud Abbas meets with Gaddafi (R) inside Gaddafi's personal tent in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.  He has been associated with Pan Arabism, Pan Islamism and African Union.

Image 16 of 16Mahmoud Abbas meets with Gaddafi (R) inside Gaddafi's personal tent in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. He has been associated with Pan Arabism, Pan Islamism and African Union.

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With the death of Omar Bongo of Gabon on 8 June 2009, he became the longest serving of all current non-royal national leaders and he is one of the longest serving rulers in history. He is also the longest-serving ruler of Libya since Libya, then Tripoli, became an Ottoman province in 1551.

 

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