“Gaddafi has hours left”
So says a Libyan diplomat:
The recently resigned Libyan representative to the Arab League, Abd Al-Mun’im al-Huni, said Saturday that “the regime in Libya is in its final hours”. Muammar Gaddafi no longer controls large parts of Tripoli, he added. [...]
In an interview published Saturday by London based Al-Sharq Al-Awsat daily, al-Huni said Gaddafi is in dire straits and that he had sent calls of assistance to his tribesmen in the coastal city of Sirte. [...]
The Libyan diplomat said protesters were willing to sacrifice their lives in order to get rid of the leader. “It’s only a matter of time,” he said. “Gaddafi has just hours left.”
Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi, Libya’s closest European ally:
“It appears that, effectively, Gaddafi no longer controls the situation in Libya.”
Meanwhile, the United States has closed its embassy in Tripoli and the United Nations is meeting today. Good luck with anything substantive coming from that.
UPDATE. Tripoli is buckling:
Gaddafi’s security forces have abandoned parts of Tripoli, where protesters now openly defy the regime, Reuters reports.
The withdrawal of security forces from the working-class Tajoura district after five days of anti-government demonstrations leaves Gaddafi’s grip on power looking tenuous, says the news agency.