Thursday, February 24, 2011

Libyan Interior Minister resigns and calls for the army to join the rebellion

Cairo. .- Libyan Interior Minister, Abdullah Younis, announced his resignation Tuesday and adherence to the so-called "revolution of February 17, claiming the leader Muammar Gaddafi output, as has secured the television channel Al Jazeera. "The bombing against civilians is what made me join the revolution, I never imagined that we would get to shoot people." Younis also said that the Libyan leader, Muammar Qaddafi, "has collapsed" and that the regime has "betrayed the revolution." "I express my faith in the people's demands and its legitimacy," the general said and stressed that "the armed forces must serve the people." Younis was one of the closest collaborators of Gaddafi and part of the movement of the colonels then beside him, took out a coup to take power in 1969.

His resignation came after Gaddafi claimed Libyan television today will not give up power and is "willing to die in Libya" and combat the "rats that create unrest" until the "last drop of his blood. Moreover, at least eight ambassadors of Libya have submitted his resignation last hours, unhappy with the repression of popular protests against the regime of Muammar Qaddafi, informed the Qatari television network Al Jazeera.

Diplomats who have left their posts were the chiefs of U.S. missions in Libya, Poland, India, Indonesia, Australia, Malaysia, Australia and Ambassador to the Arab League, based in Cairo. The network interviewed one of them, the Libyan ambassador in India, Essawi Ali, who claimed that Tripoli "is occupied by mercenaries" and is using the Ministry of Foreign Affairs "against the Libyans." "They're doing terrible things against people," added the diplomat, referring to the use of force by police and army against participants in demonstrations that erupted on 17 February.

"Gaddafi must resign in order to stop this bloodshed. It has no legitimacy," the Libyan former ambassador now in New Delhi.

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