Gaddafi Says Opposition Takeover ‘Charade’


Deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said on Tuesday that the opposition forces that now control most of the country would falter once NATO support ended.

“What is happening in Libya is a charade which can only take place thanks to the [NATO] air raids, which will not last forever,” Gaddafi said in an audio message broadcast on the Syria-based Arrai television channel.

“The political system in Libya is a system based on the power of the people … and it is impossible for this system to be removed,” he continued.

Massive demonstrations against longtime leader Gaddafi broke out in Libya in mid-February. The international NATO-led military operation began on March 19 following a UN resolution on “targeted measures” to protect civilians.

Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) on Monday agreed on the makeup of an interim cabinet. NTC current chief Mahmoud Jibril has been named interim prime minister. There will be a total of 22 ministries in the new government.

Ria Novosti

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