Muammar Gaddafi initial success was surely because of his anti American image which made him popular among the Libyan people, but no one could have possibly guessed that under his rule problems like corruption human rights violation, media censorship will reach their pinnacle!
Human right violation: Freedom of speech, assembly, association, press, and religion are restricted in Libya.
Independent human rights organizations are prohibited.
The judiciary is restricted by the government, and there is no fair public trial.
Libyans don’t even have the right to change their government.
Corruption: Libya’s corruption perception index in 2010 was 2.2, which is worse than that of Egypt and Tunisia, two of its neighboring countries who faced rebellion before Libya.
Media Censorship: As per the 2009 Freedom of the Press Index, Libya is the most censored country in the Middle East and North Africa. Gaddafi’s informants working in his revolutionary committees do surveillance of media reports.
The credit for uprising in Libya goes to the social media and youths of Libya. The youth got the inspiration from citizens of their two neighboring states; Tunisia and Egypt which were able to overthrow dictators from their nation by non violent agitation.
As per the present condition rebels fighting against Gaddafi were losing grounds in eastern part of the nation. War is going on in Bengazhi, but recent reports suggest that America and its allies could change the whole game. France even attacked Libya on 19 March. So possibly Libya will also witness a new beginning. Everyone is hoping that 41 year long dictatorship of Gaddafi will end soon and Libya becomes a democratic and peaceful nation.
Update: As of 20th October 2011, Muammar Gaddafi was killed in a rebel attack putting an end to dictatorship, although the situation of Libya is still not very peaceful.