[UPDATE] Obama: Ruler Gadhafi Must Leave Libya

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

[UPDATE] 2-26 9:35 PM--

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council has voted unanimously to impose sanctions on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi,
his five adult children and top associates.

Voting after a day of discussions -- interrupted at times for consultations with home capitals -- council members agreed on Saturday to freeze the assets of Gadhafi, his four sons and one daughter, and to ban travel by the whole family plus 10 close associates.

The day was consumed mainly with haggling behind closed doors over language to refer Libya's violent crackdown on protesters to the International Criminal Court for investigation of possible crimes against humanity.

All 15 nations on the council ultimately approved referring the case to the permanent war crimes tribunal.


[UPDATE] 2-26 5:19 PM --

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States has revoked visas for senior Libyan officials and their immediate family members as a further sanction to hold the government accountable for its attacks on opponents.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the U.S. won't accept any new applications from top officials in Moammar Gadhafi's regime.

Clinton said Saturday in a statement that the U.S. was "moving quickly on a series of steps to hold the Libyan government accountable for its violation of human rights and to mobilize a strong response from the international community."

The visa ban follows Obama's executive order on Friday freezing the assets of Gadhafi loyalists and imposing financial sanctions on them for abuses committed against Libyans. The order also suspended the limited defense trade between the U.S. and Libya.


[UPDATE] 2-26 4:44 PM--

WASHINGTON (AP) -- US revokes visas for senior Libyan officials
and their family members

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi must leave the country now.

Obama made the comments to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a
private telephone conversation Saturday as they discussed the violence in Libya. The White House says Obama told Merkel that when a leader's only means of holding power is to use violence against his people, then he has lost the legitimacy to rule and needs to do what's right for his country by "leaving now."

The comments mark the first time that Obama has called on Gadhafi to step down.

Gadhafi has launched a violent crackdown against protesters demanding his ouster. He has vowed a bloody fight to the end.

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  • by Mia on Feb 28, 2011 at 10:46 PM
    @Blue eyes. We have the option of impeachment for presidents who do not live up to this country's expectations. Why suffer through 4 years of a mistaken choice? Most businesses have trial periods of employment and when employees do not work out then these companies let them go. A CEO would not let his business go down the drain because of a poorly performing employee neither should we allow this country to be negatively impacted.
  • by Anonymous Location: USA on Feb 28, 2011 at 07:45 PM
    Why not have both Obama and Gadhafi vacate their respective countries? Now, that would solve a lot of problems for millions of people all over the world.
  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on Feb 28, 2011 at 08:21 AM
    I say we take ANY idiot who doesnt love the FLAG , Constitution , and Country and flush them. And by Country I sure DO NOT mean the Govt. these days , those people suck. Sadly , as far as Obama will take this one , is shake a finger at ol Momar , and apologize for U.S. agression. After all as he believes " we must ALL hold hands and walk into the sun."
  • by Jim on Feb 28, 2011 at 04:35 AM
    RE: Anonymous So, those of us who do not agree with the community organizer in chief, who is destroying this once great republic, are supposed to leave the country. Meanwhile people like you feel free to criticize our Governor.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 27, 2011 at 02:20 PM
    No blue eyes, we'll just vote Obama out the next election. It's idiots like you who want America to resemble the old Soviet Union that need to leave the country.
  • by Blue eyes on Feb 27, 2011 at 05:47 AM
    wow!!!!!!!!!!! Obama hatters, get over it or leave the USA
  • by holy smoke on Feb 27, 2011 at 04:38 AM
    From one idiot to another.....
  • by Anon on Feb 27, 2011 at 01:38 AM
    Just a year ago King Obama stood next to the good old colonel and said the U.S. was the root of the Middle East's problems. Now that Gadhafi has brutally murdered thousands of his own citizens in just the last two weeks does Obama still think the U.S. is the bully? I can't believe people in this country voted for this spineless traitor.
  • by Jim on Feb 26, 2011 at 06:25 PM
    Okay, how about "ruler Obama" leaves our country!
  • by Ed Location: Tallahassee on Feb 26, 2011 at 05:37 PM
    The nation that Obama is kinda-sorta the President of is in a socio-economic death spiral. He has more important things to worry about than who is the King of Libya. Maybe his boss, Mr. Bernanke, has told him not to meddle in domestic matters.
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