LIBYA: Kadafi 'delusional,' wants to reclaim power, ex-confidant says
Libya's fugitive leader thinks he can return to power when NATO ends its air campaign, his former right-hand man told Al Jazeera television.
“Kadafi is delusional because he thinks he can disappear in Libya and, when NATO leaves, he believes he can gather his supporters,” said Abdel Salam Jalloud, who defected before rebels captured most of the capital this week.
Jalloud, who was speaking in an excerpt from an interview to be aired on the satellite news channel, was among the members of Kadafi's inner circle who staged the 1969 coup that brought the 69-year-old leader to power.
Jalloud is believed to have fallen out of favor with the veteran leader several years ago, Reuters reported.
Jalloud said he thought Kadafi was still in Tripoli.
“The rebels must open the roads. After they open the roads, he may dress in woman's clothes and leave Tripoli for the Algerian border or Chad," Jalloud said. "He is drunk with power.”
Photo: Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi's former right-hand man Abdel Salam Jalloud (in white) at the rebel headquarters in Zintan in this still image taken from video made available to Reuters on Friday. Jalloud has defected to rebel-held territory in Libya's Western Mountains, a rebel spokesman said. Credit: Reuters.