What do you do if you’re a dictator but you have been run out of your country’s capital city? If you’re Libya‘s Muammar Gaddafi, you simply change the location of the capital: Gaddafi has announced that Tripoli (which he no longer controls) isn’t the capital of Libya anymore, and that Sirte (which he does control, for now) is the new capital.
Not too many people are likely to pay much attention to Gaddafi’s switch. The Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) certainly considers Tripoli to be the nation’s capital still, as do the EU, NATO, the UN and pretty much every country in the world. In fact, the most that can be said for Gaddafi’s latest move is that it’s feisty.
There are various rumours about Gaddafi’s current location. Some people believe he is in Sirte, which is the last bastion of troops who are loyal to the former leader. Rebel forces are consolidating their positions in Tripoli and elsewhere before making a move on Sirte. The aim is to flush out Gaddafi’s forces from that city and then focus on locating the former dictator.