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.

    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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