Friday, June 17, 2011

Son says Gaddafi ready for an election, rules out exile



Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, attends a news conference in Tripoli
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is ready to relinquish his post after an election but will not be swayed to go into exile.
Saif al-Islam, the second son of the strong man, in a report by Corriere della Sera on Thursday said that his father would agree to hold an internationally-supervised election in three months' time or at the end of the year at the most, Reuters said.
"They could be held within three months. At the maximum by the end of the year, and the guarantee of transparency could be the presence of international observers," the 38-year old Gaddafi said.
He added that world bodies such as the African Union, the European Union, the United Nations, or the coalition that has been attacking them, the NATO, could supervise such elections.
"The important thing is that the election should be clean, that there should be no suspicion of vote-rigging.
"I have no doubt that the overwhelming majority of Libyans stands with my father and see the rebels as fanatical Islamist fundamentalists, terrorists stirred up from abroad, mercenaries on the orders of (French President Nicolas) Sarkozy."
Ruling out his father's expulsion, Saif said, "He will never leave Libya. He was born here and intends to die and be buried here, alongside those he holds dear."
Details of this report here.
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