Factbox: Diplomats desert Libya’s Gaddafi

(Reuters) – Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague said the defection of Libya’s former Foreign Secretary Moussa Koussa to Britain would encourage others close to Muammar Gaddafi to abandon the Libyan leader.

Several Libyan diplomats and politicians have resigned or voiced opposition to the crackdown on anti-government protesters. Here are some of the major defections:

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AUSTRALIA: The embassy in the capital, Canberra, cut ties on February 22. Omran Zwed, the mission’s cultural counselor said: “We represent the Libyan people and no longer the Libyan regime.”

BANGLADESH: Ahmed A.H. Elimam, Libya’s ambassador in Dhaka, has resigned, Bangladeshi media said on February 22.

CHINA: A senior Libyan diplomat in Beijing, Hussein Sadiq al-Musrati, resigned on February 21 during an interview with al Jazeera.

FRANCE: Tripoli’s ambassador to France, Mohamed Salaheddine Zarem, and its ambassador to UNESCO, Abdoulsalam El Qallali, resigned on February 25, a Libyan official said.

INDIA: The entire staff of Libya’s embassy in New Delhi renounced ties with Gaddafi’s government on February 25, al Jazeera reported. The ambassador, Ali al-Essawi, had already resigned.

INDONESIA: Salaheddin El Bishari, ambassador in Indonesia, resigned on February 22, media reports said.

JORDAN: Mohammed al-Barghathi, ambassador to Jordan said on February 24 he had left his post.

* LIBYA: Prosecutor-General Abdul-Rahman al-Abbar told al Arabiya television on February 25 he was joining the opposition.

— Interior Minister Abdel Fattah Younes al-Abidi resigned and Justice Minister Mustafa Mohamed Abud Ajleil quit on February 21, Libya’s privately owned Quryna newspaper reported.

— Youssef Sawani, a senior aide to Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, a son of the Libyan leader, resigned on February 20.

— On February 21, Nuri al-Mismari, at Gaddafi’s side for almost 40 years, resigned from his post as chief of state protocol. Al-Mismari was detained in France in November 2010 at the request of Libya, which wants to try him for embezzlement.

— On March 30, Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa defected and flew to Britain.

— On March 31 a former foreign minister whom Gaddafi had appointed U.N. ambassador, Ali Abdussalm Treki, refused to take up any official position and condemned the “spilling of blood.”

SWEDEN: Magid Buzrigh, ambassador in Stockholm, switched sides to oppose Gaddafi last month.

* UNITED NATIONS: Deputy ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi and most other diplomats at Libya’s U.N. mission announced on February 21 they were no longer working for the Gaddafi government and represented the country’s people.

— On February 25, U.N. ambassador Abdurrahman Shalgham, a former foreign minister who did not associate himself with a statement denouncing Gaddafi earlier, joined Dabbashi in condemning him in an impassioned speech to the U.N.

— Adel Shaltut, a diplomat at Libya’s delegation to the U.N. in Geneva, said entire delegation now represented the “free will” of the Libyan people.

UNITED STATES: Libya’s ambassador to the United States, Ali Aujali, said on February 22 he no longer represented his country’s government.

(Writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit; Editing by Andrew Dobbie)

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Factbox: Diplomats desert Libya’s Gaddafi