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Gaddafi rejects calls for resignation
Wed Mar 2, 2011 1:20PM
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Muammar Gaddafi delivers a speech to his supporters in Tripoli on Wednesday.
Embattled Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi has again rejected popular demands for his ouster, as ongoing protests continue to haunt his decades-long rule.


He said in a speech on Wednesday that he holds no real power.

Gaddafi was addressing his loyalists that gathered in the capital Tripoli to mark what they call "34 years of peoples' power".

Gaddafi said that he established a committee after a revolution in 1977 and never intended to hold the power to himself.

Calling himself a national symbol, Gaddafi said that he owns no assets.

He added that he has no enmity with Libyans and they are free to have whatever they want.

Gaddafi's speech comes as anti-regime protesters continue their resistance in eastern Libya.

Meanwhile, the Libyan ruler linked the ongoing revolution to what he called the work of al-Qaeda.

He also spoke about a commission to probe the nationality of the attackers.

Gaddafi said that almost half of the victims of the uprising are police and army personnel.

Meanwhile, anti regime forces say they have repelled an attack by pro-Gaddafi forces on the eastern town of Brega.

Residents say violent fighting erupted after Ghadafi's forces stormed the oil-refinery town with tanks and heavy artillery.

Reports say Libyan warplanes have also launched airstrikes on Ajdabiya, 40 kilometers from Brega.

Colonel Gaddafi has lost control of large parts of Libya in two weeks of popular uprising. Anti-government forces are said to be closing in on the capital Tripoli where Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is holed up.

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