epa02610451 (FILE) A file photo dated 06 October 2009 shows Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi as he partly hides his face during celebrations in Sebha, Libya, marking the 50th anniversary of the founding of the officers group that mounted the Libyan revolution. Born in 1942 in Sirte, then Italian Libya, into a Bedouin family, Gaddafi went to a military academy and joined an anti-monarchy conspiracy, which brought him into power by coup d’etat against King Idris on 01 September 1969. His 41-year rule as ‘Leader of the Revolution’ may now come to a violent end as uprisings have spread to Libya from neighbouring Tunisia and Egypt. While protesters are taking control of Libyan cities and the UN and many Western states imposed sanctions, 68-year-old Gaddafi is still fighting to maintain his grip on the country. EPA/SABRI ELMHEDWI *** Local Caption *** 00000401888973

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