Muammar Gaddafi is healthy and "a great psychologist"

Gaddafi is not as mentally unstable as the world has been led to believe in previous weeks, according to one of his former nurses. In fact, he is very much in tune with what’s going on around him.

Speaking to a TVI reporter, while being secretly filmed, one of the despot’s former nurses, Oksana, said she thought Colonel Gaddafi, 68, was in great shape for his age.

“The man is not 20 years old, sometimes he needs his (blood) pressure checked,“ she said, adding: “He is probably in better health than you.“

Images of Gaddafi are displayed on posters all over Libya

Images of Gaddafi are displayed on posters all over Libya

The Ukranian even went as far as saying that Gaddafi was incredibly astute. The leader apparently came to Kiev on a visit two-and-a-half years ago. During that time he personally interviewed local women to serve as his medical needs. Oksana ended up being one of several Ukrainian nurses on his payroll.

“It was like casting,“ she said of her interview, and curiously added: “He is a great psychologist.“

The Libyan leader’s mental health has been questioned by many over the years and especially in recent weeks when his efforts to suppress the country’s ever-growing revolt against him by any force necessary became apparent.

But apparently being in excellent health, Gaddafi seems to take every precaution necessary to keep it that way. Aside from his entourage of Ukranian medical aides, the dictator is married to former nurse Safia Farkash. He has also been said to refuse to travel anywhere without his nurse and close confidante, Galya Kolotnytska, also Ukranian. The “voluptuous blonde“, as she was described in US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks in December, recently fled the country (along with her colleague Oksana) following the growing unrest and returned to the Ukraine.

Muammar Gaddafi has been leader of Libya for over 40 years

Speaking in response to rumours that Gaddafi sleeps in a tent when he travels to foreign countries and that his Ukrainian nurses are also his lovers, Oksana said: “He does not live or sleep there (in the tent). And we don’t sleep with him there.“

Kolotnytska implied that the leader takes his health very seriously and told Segonya that “for some reason, he doesn’t trust Libyan women with that,“ the Guardian cites.

Gaddafi seized power in 1969 after a military coup and is one of the world’s longest-standing dictators. In 1977, the Libyan Arab Republic was renamed “Jamahiriya“ after his own personal political philosophy. Since 1979, when Gaddafi relinquished the title of prime minister, he has been accorded the full honorific “Brotherly Leader and Guide of the First of September Great Revolution of the Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya“ (more commonly known as “Brother Leader and Guide of the Revolution”) in government statements and the official press. In the mounting tension of the past few months and pressure from the West as well as his own people, the “Colonel“ has refused to step down and repeatedly insisted that his people love him.

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