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The Man behind Gaddafi’s Ousting Succumbs to Coronavirus

Mahmoud Jibril, who was Libya’s interim prime minister during the country’s uprising against longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi, has died from coronavirus. Jibril, 68, served seven months in office as the leader of the rebel National Transitional Council, the interim government that overthrew and later killed Gadaffi in 2011 — one of the most significant moments of the Arab Spring. In the early days of the Libyan uprising, Jibril made several trips abroad to rally European and US support for the rebels against Gaddafi. He died Sunday afternoon at a hospital in Cairo, Egypt, where he had been for the past two weeks, Al Jazeera reported. Jibril tested positive for COVID-19 three days after suffering a cardiac arrest and had been in and out of consciousness during his time in the intensive care unit. The former premier had been living abroad as his country continued to face turmoil in recent years.