RABAT/PARIS (Reuters) – The noose is tightening around Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his family after his foreign minister and another top diplomat defected in the highest-level desertions since the start of a civil war.
But Gaddafi’s spokesman vowed on Thursday that the “brother leader” would fight on unbowed.
“Rest assured, we are all here. We will remain here until the end. This is our country. We are strong on every front,” government spokesman Mussa Ibrahim said in the Libyan capital.
Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa, a former spy chief and a close Gaddafi adviser since the 1970s, slipped out of the country to Tunisia and flew to Britain on Wednesday in a stunning blow to Gaddafi.
He was being debriefed by British intelligence officials on Thursday, a source familiar with the matter said.