Women look at gold jewellery for sale in a street in the old town of Tripoli

 
Women look at gold jewellery for sale in a street in the old town of Tripoli
Women look at gold jewellery for sale in a street in the old town of Tripoli February 28, 2007. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi defended his 30-year-old unique system of rule based on grass-roots government on Wednesday, saying Western-style democracy was not appropriate for Africa. On Friday Libya is due to celebrate the anniversary of his Jamahiriyah, or state of the masses, based on a system of town hall meetings in which political parties are banned. REUTERS/Louafi Larbi (LIBYA)