Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa)
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Former Libyan oil minister Shokri Ghanem defected to Italy on Wednesday, telling journalists in Rome that he could no longer work in the current situation in his county.
Ghanem, who used to represent Libya at OPEC, said he was joining the rebels fighting Moamer Gaddafi.
He said he wanted to work for democracy in his country.
On Tuesday, eight Libyan military officers, including five generals, appeared in Rome to say they were part of a group of up to 120 military officials defecting from Gaddafi's regime.