Gaddafi Celebrates 40 Years In Power
Fourty years have passed since Muammar Gaddafi took power in Libya in a bloodless coup d'état. On September 1st 1969, Gaddafi dethrowned Kind Idris I while the king was in Greece for medical reasons. Libya was proclaimed a republic, and Muammar Gaddafi was made Colonel.
Gaddafi celebrated the 40 years with guest of honor Hugo Chavez on Tuesday, kicking off six days of festivities in the country. Military bands from 17 countries are performing during the celebration.
Muammar Gaddafi and Libya have recently received criticism for welcoming the Lockerbie bomber, Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, home as a hero. al-Megrahi is currently in hospital in Libya.
Military bands from 17 nations including France and Italy filed past and Italian acrobat jets zoomed over the Mediterranean in Gaddafi's honor, trailing smoke in the red white and green of Italy's national flag.