Libyan interior minister defects

09:29, February 23, 2011      

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Libya's Interior Minister Abdel- Fattah Younes al-Abidi announced his defection and support for the "Feb. 17 revolution", Al-Jazeera TV reported Tuesday.

He also urged the Libyan army to join the people and their " legitimate demands".

Inspired by streets-born uprisings which swept Tunisia and Egypt and forced their leaders to step down, thousands of Libyans have started a string of protests against leader Muammar Gaddafi, in power for 42 years.

With more bodies found in the capital Tripoli, opposition groups and Al-Arabiya TV said more than 500 have been killed and around 1,400 people are still missing since the unrest began in the North African country.

Source: Xinhua

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