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Libya's ambassador to Brazil refuses to leave post

(Xinhua)

14:21, August 23, 2011

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- The pro-Gaddafi Libyan ambassador to Brazil, Salem al-Zubaidi, said Monday he would remain in his post, according to local news site G1.

"The Brazilian authorities still consider me the ambassador," al-Zubaidi said. However, his claim is being challenged by part of the Libyan community in Brazil's capital Brasilia, where the Libyan embassy recently witnessed clashes between local Libyans of the pro- and anti-Gaddafi camps.

On Friday, supporters of the anti-Gaddafi rebels tried to replace the embassy's Libyan flag with the rebel flag, but were stopped by the ambassador's son and the embassy guards.

Three days later, another group of people entered the embassy, saying they would not leave until Muammar Gaddafi stepped down.

"Communication with Libya is very difficult. We have to wait three or four days to get clear information," al-Zubaidi said.

After Libya's rebels took control of most of the Libyan capital Tripoli Monday, Gaddafi's 41-year rule seems to be over. However, his whereabouts remain unknown.

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