27 Feb '11, 12am

Obama says Gaddafi must 'leave now': White House

Obama says Gaddafi must 'leave now': White House

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama called Saturday on Muammar al-Gaddafi to "leave now," declaring that the Libyan leader had lost his right to rule after attacking his own people to put down a popular uprising. Obama's most direct demand yet that Gaddafi step down was made in a telephone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to coordinate their response to the crisis, the White House said. "The president stated that when a leader's only means of staying in power is to use mass violence against his own people, he has lost the legitimacy to rule and needs to do what is right for his country by leaving now," it said. The White House statement, and another shortly after by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, appeared to signal that the administration was going on a diplomatic offensive after holding back for days while US citizens were being evacuated from Libya. " Muamm...

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