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Iraq - Oct 20, 2011 - 20:56

Last modified: 20 Oct 2011 17:56

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has welcomed the news of Gaddafi's death, arguing his demise and that of Saddam Hussein were "proof of the potential of the people".

"We congratulate our Libyan brothers and the [National] Transitional Council on the occasion of getting rid of the tyrant Gaddafi, who ran Libya for four decades filled with oppression," Maliki's office said in a statement.

"The similarity of the fate of tyrants in Iraq and Libya and elsewhere is proof of the potential of the people to defeat dictators, however long they have been in power". [AFP]