He should take his own advice and leave now.

WASHINGTON (AP)President Barack Obama says Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi must leave now.

Obama made the comments to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a private telephone conversation Saturday as they discussed the violence in Libya.

The White House says Obama told Merkel that when a leader’s only means of holding power is to use violence against his people, then he has lost the legitimacy to rule and needs to do what’s right for his country by “leaving now.”