Libyan Official: Gadhafi 'Should Step Down In The Interest Of Libya'

As relentless unrest enters a 14th day Monday, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi remained defiant and gave no indication of stepping down -- even though a Libyan official said doing so woud be in the the interest of the country.

Abdullah Alzubedi, the Libyan ambassador to South Africa, told journalists Monday that Gadhafi "should take the ultimate decision to step down in the interest of Libya."

Speaking in Pretoria, South Africa, Alzubedi said he will not leave his position despite resignations by other Libyan officials because he must continue to "serve the needs of Libyans living in South Africa and help South Africa evacuate its citizens." But Alzubedi said he would not continue working for Gadhafi if the longtime ruler ultimately crushes the people's rebellion.

The recent protests -- which began February 15 -- have been fueled by protesters demanding freedom and decrying high unemployment. Crowds have chanted for an end to Gadhafi's nearly 42-year regime.