Libyan foreign minister defects to the UK
Thursday, March 31, 2011
A spokesman for the UK government said Kussa "arrived at Tunisia. He travelled here under his own free will." He added: "Moussa Kussa is one of the most senior figures in Gaddafi's government and his role was to represent the regime internationally—something that he is no longer willing to do. We encourage those around Gaddafi to abandon him and embrace a better future for Libya that allows political transition and real reform that meets the aspirations of the Libyan people."on 30 March from
Kussa is the highest ranking government official of Libya to defect as of late, and is a blow to Gaddaffi, as his government in recent weeks has been trying to crush rebellions that have sprung-up after a series of protests and revolutions occurred throughout the Middle East, demanding their leaders step down from power.
Before the defection, it was reported government forces have recently taken back the port-town ofand the nearby town of .
- "Gaddafi loyalists go on offensive, rebels pushed back" — Wikinews, March 30, 2011
- "Libya foreign minister 'defects'" — , March 30, 2011
- David Gauthier-Villers, Alistair Macdonald and Margarete Coker. "Libyan Foreign Minister to Defect" — , March 30, 2011