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Qadhafi’s days are numbered amid sanctions and shortages

Sanctions, fuel shortages and Nato attacks have taken their toll. Qadhafi’s departure is imminent

WESTERN governments believe Muammar Qadhafi’s fall is imminent, as new sanctions against regime-controlled ports bring panic to Tripoli and rumours emerge of more high-level defections. On 13 June, the regime urgently summoned Algeria’s ambassador to Tripoli, amid claims that Qadhafi could seek asylum in that country. Algeria’s foreign minister, Mourad Medelci, on 12 June denied his government had offered to help Qadhafi leave Libya, but a senior source in the country told Petroleum Economist this could still happen. The colonel’s son, Saadi Qadhafi, is also thought to be seeking an exit from Libya. The source said Saadi, a businessman who has influenced his father’s military strategy duri

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