Libya may not have the world’s attention anymore, but the pressure on Muammar Gaddafi is increasing. After first pursuing a more conciliatory policy, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan blasted the Libyan leader Tuesday, saying Gaddafi had failed to listen to the voice of his people and calling on him to step down “for the sake of the country’s future.” Turkey, a burgeoning regional power, had been nearly alone in its soft response to Gaddafi’s violent crackdown on rebels until the shift. It will now open communications with the rebel National Transitional Council.
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