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Muammar Gaddafi Facts

Libyan revolutionary and absolute ruler

  • Muammar Gaddafi was in power after overthrowing King Idris in 1969.
  • Gaddafi became the longest serving rulers in history.
  • Gaddafi is called The Brother Leader or The Guide.
  • He was given the title King of Kings of Africa in 2008 for his efforts to encourage African leaders to follow him in bringing greater political integration.
  • On May 17, 2011, the International Criminal Court issued arrest warrant against Gaddafi for crimes against humanity.
  • Gaddafi idolized Gamal Abdel Nasser's ideas of pan-Arabism.
  • Gaddafi allegedly worked with Swiss banks to launder international banking transactions for years.
  • Gaddafi holds an honorary degree from Megatrend University in Belgrade conferred on him by former Yugoslav President Zoran Lilic.
  • On September 23, 2009, Gaddafi addressed the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, his first visit to the United States.
  • In September 2008, U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice became the first in her position to visit Libya since 1953.

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