From dictatorship to democracy: The significance of Colonel Gaddafi’s death

After 42 years in charge of the country, and surviving a violent uprising, Colonel Gaddafi was killed in his hometown of Sirte. EPA/Khaled el-Fiqi

The former Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has been killed. He was caught in a firefight between his supporters, and rebels backing the National Transitional Council, following a Nato airstrike in his hometown of Sirte.

The Conversation spoke to Deakin University’s Mat Hardy about the significance of Gaddafi’s death.

What does Gaddafi’s death mean for the people of Libya?

I think it’s very symbolic in that most Libyans wouldn’t have felt have truly free unless this had happened.

Gaddafi’s death has given Libyans a sense of freedom. EPA/Mohamed Messara