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The Network of… Colonel Muammar Gaddafi

The Network of… Colonel Muammar Gaddafi

Known as Mad-Dog Gaddafi to some, the Libyan leader has developed a colourful network of contacts through his forty years of rule. Kipp takes a look at some of them.

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March 2, 2011 5:13 by



In the past few years there has been an interesting and rather unusual friendship formed between Gaddafi and President Hugo Chavez. In 2009, Chavez proclaimed “Qaddafi is to Libya as [Simon] Bolívar is to us” (Simon Bolivar was a revolutionary who was pivotal in the effort to end colonialism in South America). Chavez called Qaddafi a “revolutionary soldier,” “a leader of the Libyan revolution,” and a “leader of all of Africa as well as Latin America.” The exchanges between the two have been more than cordial: Chavez, who has visited Libya five times, was awarded the “Qaddafi Human Rights Prize” in 2004. In March 2009, Qaddafi named a football stadium in Benghazi after Chavez.



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