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Africa Without Khadafy

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Moumer Khadafy, the strongman of Libya and arguably the longest reigning African head of State is probably on his way out of power. The opposition movement to oust the Libyan leader has taken some twists and turns culminating in a major advance to Tripoli, the capital city of the North African country.

In his 42 years of rule, Khadafy has proved to be a quintessential dictator. The immediate family constitutes the government, the army, and other levers of administration. He undermined civil liberties and rule of law; ignored transparency, violated human rights, and supported international terrorism.

The 68 year old leader used the enormous oil resources of his country to forge African unity under the aegis of African Union. He means different things to different people. Time magazine once described him as the "most dangerous man in the world" after President Reagan bombed the country in the 80’s.

What does the Khadafy’s exit mean to Africa as a continent in terms of his dreams for the continent, his eccentricity, and relations with the entire world? Answers to these and other questions will form the basis of our conversation in this week’s edition of Africa Public Square.

Join us Saturday Aug. 27 by 12noon to discuss this important topic. The number to call 1- 818-301-5820. You can also join on Facebook or Twitter.

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