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.
March 2, 2011 5:13 by shafeer
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.