Hillary Clinton: Africa Must Abandon Gadhafi

June 13, 2011 - 9:56 AM

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton walks with Ethiopia's Deputy Prime Minister/Foreign Minister Haile-Mariam Desalegne at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Monday, June 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, POOL)

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is telling the nations of Africa to sever links with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi despite his long support and patronage for many African leaders.

In a speech on Monday to diplomats at the African Union headquarters in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, Clinton says Africa should join most of the rest of the world in abandoning Gadhafi. She says the Libyan leader has lost all legitimacy to rule because of attacks on his own citizens.

She's urging all African leaders to demand that Gadhafi accept a ceasefire and then leave Libya. She also says they should expel pro-Gadhafi Libyan diplomats from their countries, suspend the operations of Libyan embassies and work with the Libyan opposition.