For most Libyans, the despot's gritty demise this week puts an end to a long and bloody nightmare. The country Gadhafi left is war-torn, devoid of civic institutions, and facing a whole new series of questions. Here, a look back at the 'eccentric' life and the 'brutal' 42-year-rule of Gadhafi that rendered the oil-rich country poor and in tatters.
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