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Why is Colonel Gaddafi still only a Colonel?


Why is Colonel Gaddafi, the leader of Libya, still a colonel? Why hasn’t he promoted himself to a general?
Steve, Haringey


** Definitive **
Name: Matthew, Hackney
Qualification: History guru
Answer: Following the bloodless coup in 1969, Gaddafi was a Prime Minister, but relinquished the title in 1972. He took a ceremonial promotion from captain to colonel and made the state a society ruled by the people, so no one needs to be senior to a colonel.

Name: Nigel, Epsom
Answer: The Colonel is the highest rank. The only thing that is higher is a Brigadier, which is when a colonel takes charge of a brigade.
(James O’Brien: No, I’m not having it, Major General is higher)