Moammar Gadhafi's regime will fall within 10 days, but Gadhafi will not surrender, Libya's former prime minister predicted on Monday.
Abdel-Salam Jalloud told the Italian TV station RAI News that he felt certain Gadhafi would neither make a deal with the Libyan rebels nor commit suicide.
I think it's impossible that he'll surrender, Jalloud said. He is not like Hitler, who had the courage to kill himself.
However, he said it was equally improbable that Gadhafi would be able to stay in power.
I believe the regime has a week left, 10 days at most and maybe even less, he said, as quoted by the Daily News. He has no way of leaving Tripoli. All the roads are blocked. He can only leave with an international agreement, and I think that door is closed.
The rebellion against Gadhafi - who has ruled Libya for more than 40 years - began in February, following the successful overthrowing of dictators in Tunisia and Egypt in what has come to be known as the Arab Spring. Since then, the Libyan rebels have been fighting for control of various cities, assisted by foreign military supplies and a NATO bombing campaign. On Saturday, they began to fight Gadhafi's dwindling forces in Tripoli, the capital, and reportedly captured three of Gadhafi's sons.
Gadhafi has been hurt by a number of high-level defectors within his government, including Jalloud, who fled Libya after the rebels entered Tripoli.