Muammar al-Qaddafi’s Leadership Isn’t Up for Negotiation, Says Libyan Prime Minister

Posted: July 26, 2011 in World News

Tadek Markowski
Fox News
July 26, 2011

TRIPOLI, Libya — – Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi isn’t going anywhere and his leadership is not up for negotiation, the prime minister said on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Al-Baghdadi Ali Al-Mahmoudi, speaking at a news conference after meeting a visiting U.N. special representative, dismissed the idea that Qaddafi would step aside.

“The Libyan population has made itself clear, they are not negotiating the future of Muammar Qaddafi,” he said.

Asked by Fox News if he had told U.N. special envoy Abdul Elah Al-Khatib that Qaddafi’s position was not up for negotiation, Mahmoudi said: “Exactly.”

The opposition in Libya insists that Qaddafi must go, but the leader’s supporters say they’ll fight to the death to keep him in place. It now appears that the civil war in the North African country has turned into a standoff over the fate of a man loved by some — and loathed by others.

The Libyan leader hasn’t been seen for weeks. Not since NATO began bombing his compounds in the capital Tripoli. But intense negotiations outside the country, including with American diplomats, seem to be aimed at ending the impasse over his future.

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