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Gaddafi was born on 7th June 1942. He was born of a Bedouin family who lived near Sirt. As a teenager, Gaddafi joined anti Israel protests during the Suez Crisis of 1956.
Even as a young man Gaddafi had hopes that he could overthrow the ruling monarchy. He joined the military and began to plot how to overthrow the Libyan leaders. He received further military training in the UK, as so many other despots before him ( Uganda's Idi Aminforone). His military knowledge helped him to lead a successful coup against King Idrisin1969. A new Libyan Arab Republic was declared with Gaddafi at its head. He has been the leader of Libya ever since.
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