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Gaddafi's Libya

A land of contrasts and contradictions

On September 1, 1969, a small group of military officers led by then 27-year-old army officer Moammar Gaddafi overthrew Libya's King Idris' government. The revolutionary officers abolished the monarchy, and proclaimed the new republic. Gaddafi is to this day, referred to as the "Brother Leader and Guide of the Revolution" in government statements and the official press.

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