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Libyan foreign minister says Gaddafi's reign is over: Report

Muammar Gaddafi's foreign minister in Tripoli says the Libyan leader's grip on power is over, British broadcaster Channel 4 reported today.

world Updated: Aug 24, 2011 23:19 IST

Muammar Gaddafi's foreign minister in Tripoli says the Libyan leader's grip on power is over, British broadcaster Channel 4 reported on Wednesday.

Speaking from a home in the Libyan capital, foreign minister Abdul Ati al-Obeidi said it now appears that Gaddafi has exhausted all his options and his rule "was over."

Gaddafi's sprawling government compound in Tripoli was stormed by thousands of rebels on Wednesday.

Although it was once considered possible that Gaddafi would have safe passage out of Libya, al-Obeidi said it was now unlikely.

"Now I'm not in touch with anybody, so it looks like things have passed this kind of solution," he said.

It was not clear exactly when the audio report from al-Obeidi was recorded, but Channel 4 said it came after Gaddafi's speech on Tuesday night.

The 72-year-old foreign minister said he had no fears for his safety. "I think (the rebels) have a good idea about me, they know me," he said. "I do not think they will harm me or my family."