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Vol 50 No 19

Published 25th September 2009


Libya

Who's Who

Power in Libya is concentrated around Colonel Moammar el Gadaffi's family and a select group of politicians

Colonel Moammar el Gadaffi: the 67-year old Brother Leader of the Revolution is still in complete command. All speculation about his children's influence must be put in the context of the Leader's ultimate control of his family and country. Gadaffi has allowed Libya to open itself to the West and permitted elements of global market economics to dilute the revolutionary Green Book philosophy which underpins the Jamahiriya (State of the Masses) system. Yet limits to the extent of reform suggest that he has not completely abandoned his ideals. Periodic shake-ups of the government reflect his frustration at the difficulty of using the system to implement the outcomes he desires.

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