By Michel Cousins.
Tripoli, 1 September 2013:
Mercedes Benz cars are not a common sight on Libya’s streets, unlike in the rest of North Africa and the Middle East, But it was not always so. Before Qaddafi seized power exactly forty-four years ago they were everywhere. Even the taxis were Mercedes. The reason they disappeared was that they were one of Qaddafi’s pet hates, of which he had many. He associated them with businessmen – another hate.
Mercedes now plans a major comeback in the country. But one very special Mercedes, although not exactly new, has already arrived.