Rebel deadline for Gaddafi to step down ‘expires’

July 27, 2011 1:35 pm

, BENGHAZI, Jul 27 – A deadline for strongman Moamer Gaddafi to step down and remain in the country has expired, the chief of Libya’s rebel Transitional National Council said on Wednesday.

“We made a proposal. The deadline has past. The proposal has expired,” Mustafa Mohamed Abdel Jalil said of what had been a three-point offer made through the United Nations special envoy.

Abdel Jalil told a press conference in rebel bastion Benghazi the NTC had delivered to Abdul Ilah al-Khatib “a very specific, well-intentioned offer that Gaddafi can stay in Libya under three conditions.”

“The period of this proposal has passed.”

Under the offer, Gaddafi would have to step aside and relinquish all responsibilities, the place of his residence would be the “choice of the Libyan people” and he would be under “close supervision,” Abdel Jalil said.


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