Gadhafi son calls for Libyan constitution

Aug. 22, 2007 at 5:57 PM
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BENGHAZI, Libya, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- The son of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi has called for a constitution that would guarantee a free press and an independent central bank.

In a speech carried live on the state television network, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi said his father’s rule should not be challenged. But the London School of Economics graduate said Libya “will not turn into a dynasty or monarchy” in which he would succeed to power.

"The next challenge for Libya is to draft a package of laws, which you can call a constitution or whatever you like, but they must be endorsed by the people to become a contract between all Libyans," the younger Gadhafi said.

Under the current system, Gadhafi theoretically guides the country by the principles laid down in his “green book,” while outlawing any criticism.

"Society needs to have independent media to highlight corruption, cheating and falsification," the son said. "Libya must have an independent civic society and independent bodies."

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