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Defiant Gaddafi vows to stay in power

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 01:13

Feb 22 - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said on Tuesday he would not step down despite a nationwide revolt against his rule. Jon Decker reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL With the unrest continuing in Libya, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said on Tuesday he would not step down despite a nationwide revolt against his rule, vowing to die in Libya as a martyr. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) LIBYAN LEADER MUAMMAR GADDAFI, SAYING: "Muammar Gaddafi is not occupying a position to resign from the same way other presidents did, Gaddafi is not a president. He is a leader of a revolution." Facing the greatest challenge to his 41-year rule, Gaddafi in a fiery but rambling address, called protesters "rats and mercenaries" who wanted to turn Libya into an Islamic state. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) LIBYAN LEADER MUAMMAR GADDAFI QUOTING FROM HIS 'GREEN BOOK', SAYING: "The Libyan Penal code before the revolution says, each Libyan who uses weapons against Libya is sentenced to death." Libya's security forces have cracked down fiercely on demonstrations across the country, in which more than 200 have been reportedly killed and hundreds more injured. Jon Decker, Reuters.

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Defiant Gaddafi vows to stay in power

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 01:13