White House: Gadhafi On the Loose Slows the Transition

Aug 26, 2011 5:10pm

ABC News' David Kerley reports:

The White House still believes that Moammar Gadhafi is still in Libya, and the fact that he hasn’t been killed, captured, or fled, will make it harder for the rebels to form a transitional government.

White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters on Martha’s Vineyard, “there obviously does continue to be some fighting in parts of Tripoli and other places around the country, but it is evident that there is momentum on the side of the rebels as they continue to make advances and as they continue in their efforts to set up a new government in Libya.”

But Earnest admitted a Gadhafi on the looses is not good for the rebels. “it is the belief of this administration that the transition would proceed more smoothly if Gadhafi were to turn himself in and were to be held accountable.”

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