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Gaddafi wanted to be 'like the Queen of England'

An investigation into the six-month campaign to overthrow the now fugitive Colonel has revealed his desperate attempts to retain some semblance of control.

Gaddafi with former British PM Tony Blair. The overthrown Libyan leader wanted to be like the Queen.
Gaddafi with former British PM Tony Blair. The overthrown Libyan leader wanted to be like the Queen.
Image: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

MUAMMAR GADDAFI MADE a last-ditch diplomatic appeal for a political resolution to the conflict in Libya in which he envisaged himself taking on a role similar to the Queen of England, it has been revealed.

The Guardian today carries a report detailing its investigation into the six-month campaign of David Cameron and his government to bring about regime change in Libya.

It details one secret message to the UK Foreign Office in which an increasingly desperate Gaddafi sought a resolution to the process via political means which would see him remain as head of state but without any real power.

One unnamed minister says that Gaddafi and his advisers thought of the role as being “like the Queen of England” but noted that Libyan rebels did not countenance this making it a non-starter.

Gaddafi has been on the run, believed to be somewhere in Libya, since rebels took control of the capital of Tripoli. A warrant has been issued for his arrest by the International Criminal Court but he remains elusive.

Meanwhile, Libya’s interim government has announced a new cabinet and promised to step down as soon as areas of Libya still under the control of forces loyal to Gaddafi are under their control.

For more information, see The Guardian >

Read: Libyan interim leaders announce new government and vow to step down >

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