Monday, February 21, 2011

Is this the End of Qaddafi?

Libyans are reacting angrily to the confrontational tone in last night's television address by Colonel Muammar Qaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam Qaddafi. English excepts are punished by Bloomberg. Indeed as the below threat indicates, events in Libya appear to be spiraling out of control suggesting that the end may be nigh for one of the world's most eccentric living leaders.

Libyan Tribe Threatens to Cut Oil Exports Soon

Sunday February 20, 2011

TRIPOLI - The leader of the Al-Zuwayya tribe in eastern Libya threatened on Sunday to cut oil exports to Western countries within 24 hours unless authorities stop what he called the "oppression of protesters".

Speaking to Al Jazeera, Shaikh Faraj al Zuway said: "We will stop oil exports to Western countries within 24 hours" if the violence did not stop.

The tribe lives south of Benghazi, which has seen the worst of the deadly violence in recent days.

Akram Al-Warfalli, a leading figure in the Al Warfalla tribe, one of Libya's biggest, told the channel: "We tell the brother (Gaddafi), well he's no longer a brother, we tell him to leave the country."

The tribe live south of the capital Tripoli.

Reporting by Souhail Karam in Rabat; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Jon Boyle.

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