Libya

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- Libya becomes independent from Italians under King Idris al-Sanusi.

1951

King Idris deposed in military coup led by Col Muammar Gaddafi

1969

pursues a pan-Arab agenda by attempting to form mergers with several Arab countries, and introduces state socialism by nationalising most economic activity, including the oil industry.

Gaddafi declares a "cultural revolution"; formation of "people's committees"

1973

Gaddafi changes name to the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriyah

1977

An airliner is blown up over the Scottish town of Lockerbie

12/88

Libyan agents accused

Scottish court in the Netherlands sentences one of the Lockerbie suspects

01/31/01

Adbelaset Ali Mohamed al-Megrahi found guilty, sentenced to 20-life

Libya takes responsibility for the bombing in a letter to the UNSC.

08/03

The US says it is restoring full diplomatic ties with Libya.

06/06

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice makes historic visit.

09/08

Says relations between the US and Libya have entered a "new phase".

Gaddafi elected chairman of the African Union

02/09

Lockerbie bomber is freed from gaol in Scotland on compassionate grounds

08/09

He returns to a hero's welcome

WikiLeaks reveals Gaddafi threatened to cut trade with GB if bomber died in jail

12/10

Anti-Gaddafi protests begin after arrest of human rights campaigner

02/11

Col Gaddafi is captured and killed.

10/20/11

Transitional government hands power to the General National Congress

8/12

This is the current government in Libya

Four Americans killed when armed men storm the consulate in Benghazi

9/12

New government led by Ali Zidan is sworn in

11/12