Libyan leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, on Sunday (1 September) reviewed an armed forces parade marking the fifth anniversary of the revolution which overthrew King Idris and the Libyan monarchy.
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Background: Libyan leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, on Sunday (1 September) reviewed an armed forces parade marking the fifth anniversary of the revolution which overthrew King Idris and the Libyan monarchy. The Libyan news agency Arna said new arms were on display in the parade.
The following day Colonel Gaddafi inaugurated a 32-million dinar (GBP46 million sterling) oil refinery complex as part of the anniversary celebrations. Arna reported that the refinery's capacity of 60,000 barrels a day -- enough to meet local requirements -- would be doubled in the future.
On Tuesday (3 September) Colonel Gaddafi, at his first major news conference in more than a year, reaffirmed his faith in the Arab oil weapon and in the dream of Arab unity.
"Right from the start, Libya has been against lifting the oil embargo -- and the days have proved the validity of our view," he said.
On the question of Libya's on-off merger with Egypt, Colonel Gaddafi would say only "Relations are no problem."
Egypt and Libya were to have merged a year ago this month. But last month president Sadat described Colonel Gaddafi as "a saboteur and mastermind of assassination attempts."
Colonel Gaddafi was the leader of a group of young army officers who, under the title of Revolutionary Command Council, staged the military coup on I September, 1969 -- a coup that was remarkable for the absence of any opposition, relatively few arrests, virtually no fighting and no reported deaths.