I'm just like the Queen

Libyan leader Gaddafi maintains he is a figurehead like Queen Elizabeth, who has been in power for 57 years

The embattled dictator said he was like the Queen, who he says has not been overthrown for 57 years.


Protesters chant 'Libya is free and Gaddafi will leave' during a protest in Tobruk yesterday

"You need to listen to your parents. If people disobey their parents they end up destroying the country," he said.

"The same case as in Britain (where) for 57 years the Queen has been ruling. I have been in the same situation."

"I am not in the same position to be able to impose rule on the people. I have become more of a symbolic leader.

I have no power, it's the people themselves who have the prerogative."

Gaddafi, speaking by telephone to Libyan television, offered his condolences for those who were killed in the bloodshed and called for calm amongst people he said were fighting amongst themselves and taking hallucinogenic drugs.

Saying Osama bin Laden was "the real criminal", Gaddafi urged Libyans not be swayed by the al-Qaeda leader.

"Bin Laden... this is the enemy who is manipulating people," Gaddafi said, adding, "Do not be swayed by bin Laden," he said.

Ten people were reportedly killed yesterday and dozens wounded when forces attacked the rebellious
Az-Zawiyah, around 30 miles from the capital.
 
 
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