More evidence has come to light that Muammar Gaddafi is seeking a way out of the stalemate in divided Libya. As the country’s state-run television showed the leader’s enthusiastic supporters apparently mobbing his car in Tripoli, a spokesperson for the regime said the government was ready to make a deal.
Reforms and political change are both being offered on the proviso Gaddafi stays.
Mussa Ibrahim, speaking for the Libyan government, said: “The leader provides Libyan tribes, Libyan population, a unifying figure. We think he is very important to lead any transition towards more democracy, better transparent system, better anti-corruption laws, more freedom for press.”
But on the frontline the fighting goes on with civilians trying to get out of the way. The town of Brega has constantly changed hands and tales of a massacre in the western city of Misrata have reinforced rebel demands that the Gaddafi clan must go.