Heavy blow for Gaddafi as top ally jumps ship
Foreign minister defects to UK
COLONEL Muammar Gaddafi’s regime has been hit after one of his closest allies defected to Britain.
Foreign minister Musa Kusa fled to the UKafter deciding that he was “no longer willing” to represent the dictator on the world stage.
The Foreign Office called on other regime members to follow Kusa’s example and “embrace a better future for Libya”.
However, it remains to be seen whether the departure can help tip the balance as rebels struggle in the face of a major military onslaught by Gaddafi’s forces.
Rumours started to spread that Kusa had defected after a Tunisian news agency reported he had boarded a plane from the country to Britain. The Libyan authorities initially claimed he was on a diplomatic mission for Gaddafi.
But within hours the Foreign Office confirmed that he had sought refuge. Labour’s former foreign secretary Jack Straw today said Kusa’s defection would be a “very important factor” in undermining the Gaddafi regime.
He said: “There is a tipping point with all of these regimes and I think Musa Kusa’s appar
ent defection – certainly his