Gaddafi does a runner
Libyan rebels appear to be tightening their grip on Tripoli, the Libyan capital, although pockets of resistance still remain. A number of towns, including Sirte, Gaddafi’s birthplace, remain in government hands.
However, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is nowhere to be found. The rebels have placed a price on his head and offered an amnesty to anyone who gives him up; they have also guaranteed safe passage out of Libya for the nominal leader. It will be difficult for the country to start normalising until Gaddafi is found and National Transitional Council (NTC) leaders have said that they won’t transfer from Benghazi to Tripoli until next week.
Meanwhile, rebel leaders are working to persuade the international community to release billions of dollars worth of funds frozen in accounts across the world; a ‘friends of Libya’ meeting has been organised to take place in Paris next week.
Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the NTC chairman has said that elections will be held in the country in April 2012.