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Libya: Sons want to remove Gaddafi,favour transition govt

Gaddafi is increasingly leaning on his sons as trusted aides and military commanders.

Written by Agencies | Tripoli |
April 4, 2011 12:17:56 pm

Two of Libyan leader Colonel Muammar el-Gaddafi’s sons have said that they are ready to convince their father to quit and make way for a transition government in an effort to end the ongoing conflict.

They are ready to have a constitutional democracy under Saif al-Islam el-Gaddafi.

A New York Times report quoted a diplomat and a Libyan official as saying on Sunday that the proposal offers a new window into the dynamics of the Gaddafi family at a time when the colonel,who has seven sons,is relying heavily on them.

Stripped of one of his closest confidantes by the defection of Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa and isolated by decades of attempted coups and internal purges,he is leaning on his sons as trusted aides and military commanders.

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The idea also touches on long-standing differences among his sons.

While Saif and Saadi have leaned toward Western-style economic and political openings,two other sons — Khamis and Mutuassim are considered hardliners.

Khamis leads a fearsome militia focused on repressing internal unrest,while Mutuassim,a national security adviser who also commands his own militia,has been considered a rival to Seif in the competition to succeed their father.

Seif and Saadi reportedly “want to move toward change for the country” without their father.

The proposals are the latest turn in a drama between Seif and his father that has played out for years on the stage of Libyan public life as the son has alternately pushed forward with calls for political reforms and then pulled back.

The proposals are also the latest sign that the Gaddafi government may be feeling the pressure from two weeks of allied airstrikes that have severely diminished the advantage in equipment of the militias.

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