The Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi’s rule may be coming to an end as an uprising spreads across the country. There are unconfirmed reports that he has already fled to Venezuela, leaving his son, Saif al-Islam, to run the country, and clashes are escalating in the capital of Tripoli. The regime seems certain to fall soon unless Qaddafi’s security forces are loyal enough to brutally massacre their fellow citizens.
The Libyan ambassadors to the Arab League, India and China have resigned in the wake of the widespread violence against the protesters, with the ambassador to China calling on the entire diplomatic staff to resign and the army to intervene. He also claimed that Qaddafi had fled the country, adding fuel to the rumors of his departure. Notably, Qaddafi’s son was the one to address the country Sunday night. Saif al-Islam admitted that “mistakes” had been made and pledged sweeping reforms. He denied that his father had left Libya but did not explain why he wasn’t the one making the speech.
On February - 21 - 2011
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