August 15th, 2011
01:41 PM ET

High-level Tripoli government official leaves Libya

As Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi urged supporters to take up arms and battle rebel forces Monday, a senior member of Gadhafi's government arrived in Cairo amid rumors that he had defected, Egypt's state-run Al-Ahram newspaper reported.

Nasr al-Mabrouk Abdallah arrived with nine of his family members on a private plane from Djerba, Tunisia, the newspaper reported, citing an unidentified airport official. Djerba is about 150 miles (240 kilometers) west of Tripoli.

Libyan Embassy officials did not greet the plane when it pulled up to Terminal 4, which is the arrival point for private planes, fueling speculation that Abdallah may have abandoned Gadhafi, the newspaper said. Al-Ahram and an official at Cairo International Airport identified Abdallah as Libya's minister of the interior.

But a Libyan government official - whose information has proved reliable in the past but who is not allowed to talk to the news media for attribution - identified Abdallah as an administrative director at the Interior Ministry and a former Libyan minister.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. banasy©

    So, the rats are abandoning the sinking ship...

    August 15, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |

    more like they see that the retirement plan stinks....

    August 15, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. frap

    Why call them rats, they are better people than you.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. frap

    These brave people are struggling to have a decent life, Americans always put down and make fun of other nations people. Just because you bomb a place you don't have the right to insult and demoralize its people. Shame on you

    August 15, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Uh huh, whatever, frap.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat2u

    How much do you figure they are paying all those people to march around with those banners and showing support for Ghadafi ? They are playing both sides right now, just in case their ruler does succeed. As soon as it is evident that it is all over, watch how quick their allegiance switches.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. camey

    that was a smart moved after they want to get away with muder we cannot forget panamerica

    August 15, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |

    I see that another rat just jumped ship in Libya today! It proves that people will do anything for money nowadays, I wonder just how many of our tax dollars did the C.I.A. pay him to defect! Another field day for the right-wing thugs in Washington, I suppose!!!

    August 15, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |