Heavy blow for Gaddafi as top ally jumps ship

For­eign min­is­ter de­fects to UK

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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

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