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Libyan Diplomatic Defections Suggest Gadhafi in Trouble

Libyan Diplomatic Defections Suggest Gadhafi in Trouble
Protesters pray outside the Libyan Embassy in Malta after embassy staff joined them

Reports emerged Feb. 21 that Libyan diplomatic staff in various countries have been resigning their posts. Thus far, the Libyan ambassadors to Indonesia, Bangladesh, India, the United Kingdom (though he later denied the report) and the Arab League reportedly left their posts. Lower diplomatic officials in Malta and Poland also reportedly have resigned, and as of this writing, nine members the Libyan Embassy staff in London have reportedly left the building and joined demonstrators. No staff posted to a mission in an Arab country has yet resigned. In Cairo, Libya’s Arab League envoy said he had resigned to “join the revolution.”

Libyan Ambassador to China Hussein Sadiq al-Musrati was the first to resign Feb. 20, calling on all Libyan diplomatic staff to follow suit. Al-Musrati commented on a duel breaking out between Gadhafi’s rival sons, Seif al-Islam and Motasem, which has raised suspicions of a serious regime split.

In countries like Libya, the leader is the ultimate decision-maker in critical appointments, unlike in more pluralistic countries where bureaucracies play a role in such appointments and in the diplomatic domain in general. This means that Libyan ambassadors should be very well-plugged into the system to get appointed, and they probably made their loyalty to Gadhafi very clear.

Mass resignations of ambassadors could indicate that the diplomatic corps is picking up strong signals from within the Libyan regime that it is time to abandon Gadhafi. Their quitting is significant because they are well-aware of the price of disloyalty to the regime, so they must have obtained reliable information that their survival within the regime depends upon their abandoning Gadhafi.

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