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10th anniversary of the death of Muammar Gaddafi. What future for Libya?

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Longing for a caring tyrant

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On October 20, 10 years ago, Libyan rebels murdered Muammar Gaddafi, who ruled this country since 1969. The death of the dictator who ruled for more than 40 years ended eight-month-long fights in which anti-regime forces were supported by NATO intervention. The overthrow of the dictatorship, instead of positive changes, brought about many years of civil war, in which Libya – the most thriving economy in North Africa and an oil tycoon – turned into a failed state, where the most profitable occupation is the smuggling of migrants.

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