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Vol 51 No 24

Published 3rd December 2010


Libya

Gadaffi's Jacob and Esau

With its control of state revenue - amounting to over US$400 billion – for the past four decades, the Gadaffi family has become a sprawling, opaque and sometimes quarrelsome business empire. Its founding father, Moammar el Gadaffi, may be losing his hold over some of the imperial outposts but he remains the dominant political force blocking substantive reform. Yet he has two powerful sons, one a would-be reformer, the other a conservative.

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