Rebel leader outlines transition timetable
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The National Transitional Council will run Libya for a period of up to eight months before calling general elections, rebel leader Mustafa Abdel-Jalil told FRANCE 24. During that time, a new constitution will be drafted.
The National Transitional Council intends to draw up a new constitution for the country and hold general elections after a period of ruling that should not exceed eight months, the head of the rebel council told France24 on Wednesday.
In a telephone interview, Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, chairman of the National Transitional Council, outlined the council’s election plans.
"The election timetable will consist of two stages. In the first phase, the national council will act as a supreme council, but for no longer than eight months. The second stage will probably last a year, during which time the national council will draw up a new constitution, set up a provisional government and hold general elections, in line with the new presidential system," he said.
The rebel leader said he thought that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi himself had fled Tripoli, saying he was not brave enough to stay and fight. "I think Gaddafi is headed south, or south-west towards Algeria, but I don't think he could go east nor south because those areas are controlled by insurgents," he said late Tuesday.