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Inside The Gaddafi Clan’s Kabuki Theater

In an interview, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi insists his father’s regime is “the target of a propaganda fomented by the foreign media.”

Inside The Gaddafi Clan’s Kabuki Theater
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Delphine Minoui

TRIPOLI - He chose to sit on the green couch, just under a giant portrait of his father. Arms crossed over a wool sweater, the face of Saif al-Islam ("the sword of Islam"), Muammar Gaddafi's best-known son, is etched with determination. "The situation is excellent, you be the judge!" he insists in perfect English. The 38-year-old Gaddafi brushes aside the possibility that his father's regime might be teetering on the brink. "In a couple of days everything will be back to normal," he promises with a smile.

He gathered his guests in the city center, and through the thick windows there are no signs of unrest. Tripoli is silent but for the famous Green Square where a group of inebriated men sing odes to their Guide, wishing him a "long life." In this sort of Libyan take on Kabuki theater, news from surrounding cities like Zuwara, Zawiyah or Misurata is invisible. Still, news reports show an uprising there gaining strength, inspired by the rebellion in the East, a region now under opposition control.

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