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Idi Amin's dream mosque opens
The Gaddafi National Mosque in Kampala, Uganda
The crowds chanted "long live Gaddafi"
A huge mosque begun more than 30 years ago by the late Ugandan dictator Idi Amin has opened in the Ugandan capital.

The mosque is named after Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi who helped finance its construction when funds ran low.

As Libya's leader opened the mosque, which holds some 15,000 worshippers and dominates Kampala's skyline, a large crowd chanted "long live Gaddafi".

Amin, who lived in Saudi Arabia after he fled Uganda in 1979, dreamed of building Africa's largest mosque.

A number of other African leaders attended the ceremony, including the presidents of Somalia, Zanzibar and Djibouti.



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