Top Libyan officials who have defected so far

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Posted: Mar 31, 2011 4:25 PM
Top Libyan officials who have defected so far

A look at the top Libyan officials who have resigned from the government of Moammar Gadhafi since the start of the uprisings in mid-February.

MOUSSA KOUSSA

The former foreign minister was a close confidant of Gadhafi and privy to all the inner workings of the regime. Before assuming the post of foreign minister, he served for over a decade as Libya's foreign intelligence chief. After taking medical leave in Tunisia, he flew to London March 30. The opposition alleges he was involved in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.

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MUSTAFA ABDUL-JALIL

Gadhafi's justice minister for only a few years, he resigned on Feb. 21 in protest the "excessive use of force" against civilians and is now one of the leaders of the rebels' transitional council. He hails from the eastern city of Bayda, which is under rebel control.

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ABDEL-FATTAH YOUNIS:

Younis was the interior minister and commander of the powerful commando Lightning Brigade when he defected from Gadhafi's government. Originally from the east, he switched sides after being sent to the eastern city of Benghazi to crush protests on Feb. 17. Younis was among the army officers who joined Gadhafi's 1969 coup. His commando brigade is one of the few trained military units fighting for the rebels, though many in the opposition hold him in suspicion for his activities while head of the country's security.

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ALI ABDESSALAM TREKI

A former foreign minister and president of the U.N. General Assembly, he was named by Gadhafi to represent Libya at the U.N. following the wholesale resignation of the country's delegation there. Instead, Treki defected himself on March 31. Currently in Cairo, Treki is a native of the besieged Libyan city of Misrata.

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MAHMOUD JIBRIL

A U.S.-educated planning expert, Jibril was once head of Libya's National Planning Council and the National Economic Development Board and was reportedly offered the job of prime minister at one point. He resigned following the uprising and has now been named head of a new rebel governing council.

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AHMED GADHAF AL-DAM

A cousin to Gadhafi and one of his closest aides, Gadhaf al-Dam crossed into Egypt and announced on Feb. 24 that he had defected in protest of the regime's human rights violations. He was part of the ruler's inner circle and served as a liaison to Cairo.