Talk of Gaddafi leaving ‘ridiculous’ says son
Muammar Gaddafi’s most prominent son, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, said in an interview broadcast on Monday that it was “ridiculous” to imagine the Libyan leader leaving and that allied air strikes were counter-productive.
The interview took place at the weekend in Tripoli. On Monday, rebels in the city of Misrata scorned reports Gaddafi had agreed to a ceasefire, after his forces fired rockets there and fought intense house-to-house battles.
“We want to bring forward a new elite of youths to govern the country and manage local affairs. We want new blood, that’s what we want for Libya’s future. But to talk of (Gaddafi) leaving, that’s truly ridiculous,” Saif told French news channel BFM TV.
“If the West wants democracy, a new constitution, elections, well we agree. We agree on this point but the West must help us to provide a propitious climate. But all these bombings, this support given to rebel groups, all that is counter-productive.”
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