Obama says will transfer Libya power to allies in days

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Posted: Mar 21, 2011 4:08 PM

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Monday the United States expects to transfer the lead military role in Libya to other allies in a matter of days.

At a news conference with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, Obama said the military objective in Libya is to guard civilians from attacks by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, not oust him from power.

However, he said, U.S. policy is that Gaddafi "needs to go."

Of the transfer in operations, Obama said: "We anticipate this transition to take place in a matter of days and not in a matter of weeks."

(Editing by Sandra Maler)