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Gaddafi repeats claims that he holds no power

Trapped in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, embattled leader Muammar Gaddafi has repeated his initial claims that he holds no power in the country.  Gaddafi’s speech comes as rebel troops were pushed away by the military east of the capital.

Gaddafi said that the world must understand his truth, that there was no place for a president, king or a leader in the Jamahiriya system. His speech was aired live on Libyan television after rebels reported they stoushed an attack in the eastern town of Brega today, with two fatalities reported.

Reading a prepared statement, Gaddafi’s speech was constantly interrupted by chants, which he praised.  Gaddafi claimed that he held no power over the country, where he rose to power after a coup in 1969.

He went on to say that when the People’s Committee issue something, it then becomes law and is implemented for all Libyans.  Muammar said that no one could declare war or peace unless the People’s Committee decided, re-stating that he holds no official power to surrender.

Today’s counterattack by troops loyal to the leader was the biggest since the uprising broke out on February 15th.  Anti government forces have taken most of the country’s east since the uprising began, and taken tentative steps to setting up a parallel government.

Gaddafi remains cornered in Libya’s capital in the west of the country, on the north coast of Africa.

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