Gaddafi is running out of friends and options
Published 17/06/2011 | 05:00
Muammar Gaddafi is losing friends in Africa, the continent where his largesse once bought him the title 'King of Kings' but which is now turning to other foreign allies to help shape its future.
Moves by countries including Senegal, Mauritania, Liberia, Chad, and Gambia, to distance themselves from Gaddafi are partly a gamble that NATO-backed rebels will finally succeed in ending his four decades of authoritarian and quixotic rule.
But they also show Gaddafi's waning role in a region where foreign investor appetite, trade ties with Asia and a domestic yearning for democracy are all eclipsing the lure of Libyan petrodollars and weakening the old-boy networks they propped up.