- The Washington Times - Monday, February 28, 2011

The odds that Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi will be out of power by the end of the year are now 95 percent, according to bettors on the popular news-futures website Intrade.

The odds spiked Monday as anti-regime forces reportedly closed in on the capital, Tripoli, and as calls from leaders worldwide for Col. Gadhafi to step down intensified.

Intrade, seen by many as one of the most reliable predictors of everything from election outcomes to Oscar winners, recently opened markets on the ouster of various besieged leaders in the Middle East.

As of Monday morning, the odds that each would be out office by the end of 2011 were as follows:

*Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh - 72 percent.

*Bahraini Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa - 62 percent.

*Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - 21 percent.

*Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei - 19 percent.


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