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Gaddafi: I hold no real power

‎Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi addresses citizens as protesters thwart government attempts to recapture its strongholds

Ahram Online, Wednesday 2 Mar 2011
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Gaddafi appeared in a televised public rally on Wednesday in Tripoli to address loyalists of his regime. "Oh brothers, let's all chant 'Allah (God), Muammar, only Libya'," the Libyan leader said repeatedly, surrounded by dozens of supporters gathered in a large ballroom for a ceremony marking 34 years of "people power."

He added that the Libyan people were insulted when they heard the West calling for his resignation.

"I liberated Libyans from the western occupiers and gave them back their oil and wealth," Gaddafi said.

The ceremony was aired live on Libyan state television shortly after rebels announced they repelled an attack by Gaddafi‘s forces in the eastern town of Brega on Wednesday, with witnesses reporting two civilians killed.

Gaddafi denied his regime's involvement the civilian killings, claiming that terrorists from the Al Qaeda terrorist network were responsible.

The event marks the anniversary of the launch of the country's popular committees, noted the broadcaster.

"Here is your leader, your beloved... the leader of victory and challenges, standing among his sons, steadfast like our mountains, great like the greatness of our people," proclaimed one speaker.

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