Talk of Gaddafi leaving is "ridiculous" says son

Reuters News
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Posted: Apr 11, 2011 3:40 PM

PARIS (Reuters) - Muammar Gaddafi's most prominent son, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, said in an interview broadcast on Monday that it was "ridiculous" to imagine the Libyan leader leaving and that allied air strikes were counter-productive.

The interview with al-Islam took place at the weekend in Tripoli. On Monday, rebels in the city of Misrata scorned reports Gaddafi had agreed to a ceasefire, after his forces fired rockets there and fought intense house-to-house battles.

"We want to bring forward a new elite of youths to govern the country and manage local affairs. We want new blood, that's what we want for Libya's future. But to talk of (Gaddafi) leaving, that's truly ridiculous," the son told BFM TV.

(Reporting by Gerard Bon; Writing by Catherine Bremer)