Gaddafi's decades-long rule nears end

Libyan leader on verge of being toppled seized power aged 27 and was tolerated by rich nations eyeing his country's oil.

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    Muammar Gaddafi's rule in Libya lasted for more than four decades, a record that few world leaders can boast.

    Having seized power in a military coup at at the age of 27, he imposed a pan-Arab, anti-imperialist philosophy that won him both friends and enemies.

    Despite admitting that he had a nuclear weapons programme, he was tolerated by the international community because of Libya's rich oil deposits, a dwindling international resource.

    Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher takes a look back at his rise - and subsequent fall.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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