Libya’s deposed leader Gaddafi captured: A profile

October 20th, 2011 - 7:21 pm ICT by IANS  

Tripoli, Oct 20 (IANS) Libya’s deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi has been captured. Here is a brief profile:

Muammar Gaddafi was born to nomadic parents in the desert region of Sirte in 1942. He went to study history at the University of Libya in 1961 and then entered the Benghazi Military Academy.

After graduating in 1965, Gaddafi served in the Libyan army and he was sent to Britain Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for training in 1966, said Xinhua.

On Sep 1, 1969, the “Free Officers Movement”, a small group of military officers led by Gaddafi, staged a bloodless coup that toppled King Idris and established the Libyan Arab Republic.

From then on, Gaddafi became chairman of the Revolutionary Command Council and commander-in-chief of the armed forces of Libya.

He served as Libya’s prime minister and minister of defence from 1970 to 1972 and in 1977, he became the revolutionary leader and supreme commander of the armed forces.

Gaddafi relinquished all his administration positions in March 1979, only retaining the title of “Revolutionary Leader of Libya”.

Gaddafi was ousted in August after 42 years in power.

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