Gaddafi Sets Terms for Relinquishing Power

Cairo, May 29 (IANS/RIA Novosti): Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is ready to relinquish power on the condition that he and his family would not be prosecuted, Arab newspaper Al Sharq Al Awsat reported Sunday.

Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam is heading a group of Libyan government officials who are trying to find a solution to the crisis that envisages his father's dignified exit from power, the paper said, quoting a source close to the Libyan leader.

In public statements, Gaddafi and his associates have always rejected the idea of the leader's resignation.

However, there are unofficial channels of communication, through which these issues are being discussed, the paper said.

Gaddafi was interested in quitting power in a dignified manner, which implies that neither he nor his family must be prosecuted. He is also seeking immunity from international persecution, the paper said.

Inside Gaddafi's family and his inner circle, however, there was no agreement on this issue. Some say Gaddafi must continue fighting to the bitter end while others believe that the time has come for him to quit, the paper said.


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  • A.S.Mathew, U.S.A.

    Sun, May 29 2011

    After terrorizing Libya for the
    last forty years, now he is
    planning to exit with dignity.

    When the popular revolt was
    started, he could have very well
    left the place. But now thousands
    of people have died in both sides,
    he lost his sons and grand
    children, also the Libyan
    economy is in total chaos. When
    the autocrats in the world will
    take a few hours to read the
    history of the former autocrats to
    learn thoroughly about all of
    their tragic end!

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