The assassination of Muammar al-Gaddafi – the story of Libya’s dictator

Libya has been ruled by Muammar al-Gaddafi for more than 40 years. He nationalized oil and increased the country’s prosperity and launched his own political philosophy in the book “The Green Book”. Gaddafi was known for his eccentric style of dress and for setting up his own Bedouin tent at international meetings. But he was also accused of supporting several international terrorist attacks, such as when a plane exploded in Lockerbie and 270 people died. Following the attack, Libya was internationally isolated and under sanctions. Gaddafi’s regime has been repeatedly criticized for violating human rights and stifling opposition. During the Arab Spring, Gaddafi’s forces cracked down on all opponents. He was captured and killed by rebels in the autumn of 2011.

Libya after Gaddafi

The last ten years have been marked by power struggles and chaos, at one point Libya had three rival governments. Warlords, clans and rebel groups compete for influence. Elections are being held on Christmas Eve 2021, many hope that there will be a way out of the mess, but it is also rumored that one of Gaddafi’s sons is trying to make a political comeback.

About Muammar al-Gaddafi:

Born 1942 near Sirt in Libya.

Took power in a military coup in 1969.

Has ten children, the most famous being his son Saif al-Islam. Several children were killed during the uprising in Libya.

After Libya paid compensation for the Lockerbie attack, the country’s isolation was gradually lifted.

Participants: Cecilia Uddén and Johan Mathias Sommarström, Swedish Radio’s Middle East correspondents

Host: Johar Bendjelloul

Producer: Katja Magnusson

Technician: Gardar Hansen






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