White House: Libyans have lost faith in Gadhafi

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Posted: Feb 25, 2011 4:44 PM
White House: Libyans have lost faith in Gadhafi

The White House says Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has lost the confidence of his people following brutal attacks by his supporters on protesters demanding his ouster.

Obama spokesman Jay Carney stopped short of calling for Gadhafi to step down. But he says it's clear that Gadhafi's legitimacy has been "reduced to zero."

Carney's strong words were a shift for the White House, which has thus far refrained from naming Gadhafi personally. The ramped up rhetoric came as the last U.S. citizens in Libya were evacuated Friday.

The U.S. also announced Friday that it was suspending embassy operations in Tripoli and moving forward on plans to implement sanctions against Libya.