The son of an impoverished Bedouin goat herder, Gaddafi became involved in politics while at school in Sabha, subsequently enrolling in the Royal Military Academy, Benghazi. Founding a revolutionary cell within the military, in 1969 they seized power from the absolute monarchy of King Idris in a bloodlesscoup. Becoming Chairman of the governing Revolutionary Command Council (RCC), Gaddafi abolished the monarchy and proclaimed the Republic. Ruling by decree, he implemented measures to remove what he viewed as foreign imperialist influence from Libya, and strengthened ties to Arab nationalist governments. Intent on pushing Libya towards "Islamic socialism", he introduced sharia as the basis for the legal system and nationalized the oil industry, using the increased revenues to bolster the military, implement social programs and fund revolutionary militants across the world. In 1973 he initiated a "Popular Revolution" with the formation of General People's Committees (GPCs), purported to be a system of direct democracy, but retained personal control over major decisions. He outlined his Third International Theory that year, publishing these ideas in The Green Book.
"Libyans do not know Denmark, they do not hate Denmark. They know Italy and they hate Italy."
"People would have killed the consul and his family if live ammunition had not been used."
"They said: 'so what if the consul and his family are killed. Italy killed some 700 000 Libyans'."
"There is no state with a democracy except Libya on the whole planet."
"The protesters were determined to kill the consul and his family when they attacked the Italian consulate in Benghazi. These protesters did not target Denmark because they have no idea about Denmark."
Williams also noted that the mechanism for changing the government by parliament, if necessary, is spelled out in internationally recognized documents signed by Libya... Libya ceased to be a united country in 2011, when its leader Muammar Gaddafi was ousted and assassinated ... ....
TRIPOLI. A senior UN official said she is pushing for Libya to hold elections by June after the country missed a December deadline to elect its first president since the 2011 killing of former LibyanPresident Muammar Gaddafi... .
A senior UN official has been pushing for Libya to hold its postponed elections in June following a last-minute delay to the vote in December ... A tenuous ceasefire was agreed in October 2020, ending years of intense conflict after the death of Muammar Gaddafi, with an agreement that free and fair elections will take place thereafter ... ....
A plane belonging to Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar landed in Israel on Thursday, a military correspondent for Israel’s state-owned Kan news service has said ... Haftar’s son and former dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam were both linked to an unnamed Israeli PR firm working on their presidential campaigns, according to Israeli media reports.
Libya fell apart after the 2011 NATO-backed uprising against Muammar Gaddafi, as victorious rebel groups fell out and political factions squabbled for control of lucrative organs of state ... started staging attacks and seizing territory, including Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte.
Libya fell apart after the 2011 NATO-backed uprising against Muammar Gaddafi, as victorious rebel groups fell out and political factions squabbled for control of lucrative organs of state ... started staging attacks and seizing territory, including Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte.