Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi addressed his supporters at a televised public rally in Tripoli on Wednesday, according to the Libyan state TV.
Earlier on, Gaddafi replaced two of his ministers who had defected to support the anti- government protests, Libyan state TV said on Wednesday.
Gaddafi appointed Masoud Abdel Hafiz instead of Abdel Fattah Younes al-Abidi as interior minister and replaced ex-justice minister Mostafa Mohamed Abud Ajleil with Mohamed Ahmed al-Qamoudy.
Mohamed Aqri al-Mahgouby replaced Abdul-Rahman al-Abbar as prosecutor general, who had also resigned and joined the protests last week.
“All my people love me. They would die to protect me,” Gaddafi told ABC’s Christiane Amanpour.
Gaddafi said he could not step down because he is not a president or king.
Gaddafi, the Arab world’s longest serving leader, has no official title or post in Libya, but he is known as the “Brotherly Leader and the Guide of the Revolution”.
In the ABC interview, he blamed al-Qaida for emboldening young men to seize arms from military installations, adding he got astonished at the stance of the West.
“I am surprised that we have an alliance with the west to fight al-Qaida, and now that we are fighting terrorists they have to abandon us,” he said.
He took aim at U.S. President Barack Obama, saying that Obama might have been give “misinformation”.
This came as the U.S. military said it is moving naval and air forces into position around Libya as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in Geneva that the naval units could be used for humanitarian and rescue missions.
“America is not the international police of the world,” Gaddafi said.
– Report put together by The 4th Media from Xinhua News.