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Libya ready to hold elections, adopt new constitution - Gaddafi's son

Topic: Protests against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in Libya

17:54 16/06/2011
ROME, June 16 (RIA Novosti)

Libyan authorities are ready to hold free elections within three months and draft a new constitution as a compromise with the insurgents who are demanding Muammar Gaddafi's resignation, Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam, said on Thursday.

In an interview with Italy's Corriere della Sera, al-Islam said the transparency of the elections would be guaranteed by the presence of international observers.

"We are ready to host representatives of the EU, the African Union, the UN and NATO," he said.

If Gaddafi's opponents win the election, Gaddafi will never leave Libya "because he was born here and this is where he will die," his son said.

Ahead of the elections, a new constitution needs to be worked out, he said.

"I believe that in the future Libya will be comprised of strong local autonomies and a weak federal government in Tripoli," al-Islam said.

Tripoli would like to see a joint AU-UN mission to monitor the disarmament process of both sides, Russian presidential envoy to Africa Mikhail Margelov said citing Libyan Foreign Minister Abdelati Obeidi.
Obeidi said security control functions across the country should go to civilian police, Margelov said.
The Libyan authorities are calling for an immediate ceasefire, after which a broad dialog about the country’s future could begin, the foreign minister said.

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