Two months after he was driven away
from power and into hiding, former Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi
has died; thus ending the nearly 42-year regime that had turned the
oil-rich country into an international pariah and his own personal
A 'flamboyant' Colonel Gaddafi, frequently pictured with
female bodyguards, said women were not equal to men because they were
biologically different, but he nevertheless exhibited them as a symbol
of the success of the Libyan revolution. None had a higher profile than
his phalanx of female bodyguards, who wore camouflage fatigues, red nail
polish and high-heeled sandals, and carried submachine guns.
Here's a look at the women who became synonymous with Gaddafi's political reign.
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Colonel Gaddafi, protected by his
bodyguards, gives a press conference at the end of a bilateral meeting
with the chairman of the European Commission in 2004.
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President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko
and Muammar Gaddafi listen to national anthems during a ceremony of the
meeting at the Presidential office in Kiev on November 4, 2008. (AFP