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Libya's Foreign Minister: 'It's Over' For Gadhafi

In an interview with Britain's Channel 4, Libya's foreign minister Abdul Ati al-Obeidi said the rule of Col. Moammar Gadhafi was over.

Al-Obeidi said if he was in charge of the loyalists still fighting in Tripoli, he would tell them to "lay down their arms."

Al-Obeidi was talking to Channel 4 from him home in Tripoli and confirmed that the regime had collapsed.

When he was asked if Gadhafi could still find a way out of the situation, he said it was not for him to decide, "because now I'm not in touch with anybody." He said none of the government ministers were in touch with one another.

Al-Obeidi also confirmed that the Libyan Prime Minister Al Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi had fled the country. Reuters reported earlier in the week that al-Mahmoudi was in Tunisia.

Here's Channel 4's video of the interview:

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Eyder Peralta
Eyder Peralta is NPR's East Africa correspondent based in Nairobi, Kenya.