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Rebel leader outlines transition timetable

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.


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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.

400 dead, 2,000 wounded in fighting
He also detailed the difficult conditions reigning in the Libyan capital Tripoli after three days of intense fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, adding that the battle would not be over until the Libyan leader himself was a prisoner.
"According to our information, the number of those killed during the operation which has lasted three days is just over 400, with 2,000 wounded," he said, without specifying if he was talking of both sides.
"We captured up to 600 Gaddafi soldiers," Abdel-Jalil added.

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.

Abdel-Jalil said the rebels were in full control of Gaddafi's  Bab al-Azizya compound, but there were still loyalists holding out in three areas of the capital, including Abu Slim.
Urgent aid
He appealed for humanitarian aid, saying that the city's hospital lacked medical supplies and some of the wounded needed to be evacuated.
The Rebel National Council chief also said that "despite the violence the council would begin moving from its base in Benghazi to the capital with effect from Thursday."
Saying the country must not fall into chaos, he added, "I call on all rebels and citizens to show patience, forgiveness and tolerance and not give in to vengeance."
"I hope that he will be captured alive and tried so the world can know about his crimes," he added.



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