Egypt Ignites Libya's revolts

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Egypt’s revolution has inspired similar populist revolts in neighboring and regional countries.

On February 17, Libyan protesters took to the streets in several cities and towns calling for the ouster of the country’s leader Muammar Qaddafi.

Within hours, however, elements of the Libyan security force and military fired on protesters, killing and injuring hundreds. Despite reported aerial bombardment of rebel cities and the purported use of mercenaries to quell protesters, the embattled Libyan leaders appears to be steadily losing control.

Al Jazeera says that Qaddafi has lost control of large swathes of territory in the east.

Several key ministers, diplomats and senior military officials in Qaddafi’s government have resigned as the international community has threatened sanctions and pressure in a bid to convince him to step down and avoid a total collapse of order in the country.