Jazeera says more Gaddafi aides leave Libya

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Posted: Mar 31, 2011 5:36 PM
Jazeera says more Gaddafi aides leave Libya

CAIRO (Reuters) - Al Jazeera television said on Thursday that "a number of figures" close to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi had left Libya for Tunisia, a day after Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa defected and flew to London.

However one of the officials named by Al Jazeera, chairman of Libya's National Oil Corporation Shokri Ghanem, denied he had left.

"This is not true, I am in my office and I will be on TV in a few minutes," he said by phone.

A spokesman for the Tunisian Foreign Ministry said he had no information on the matter. A Libyan government spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

Citing unnamed sources, Al Jazeera listed the figures as the speaker of Libya's General People's Congress Mohamed Abdul Qasim al-Zwai, foreign intelligence chief Abuzeid Dorda and Abdelati al-Obaidi, a senior diplomat in charge of European affairs.

Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa, one of Gaddafi's closest advisers, defected and flew to Britain on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Isabel Coles in Cairo; Additional reporting by Alex Lawler in London; Editing by Jon Hemming)