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Libya's NTC outlines 20-month democratic road map

September 02, 2011

Libyan Muslims are seen through a Kingdom of Libya flag during Eidul Fitr prayers at Green Square in Tripoli, August 31, 2011. — Photo by Reuters

LONDON: A council tasked with drafting a constitution for Libya should be elected within eight months ahead of presidential and legislative polls in early 2013, a rebel leadership official said Friday.

“We have outlined a clear road plan, a transition period of about 20 months,” Guma al-Gamaty, the National Transitional Council's representative in Britain, told BBC radio.

He said the process of transition was already under way and the NTC would move properly to Tripoli within a few days.

For the first eight months, the council would lead Libya, at the end of which time a council of about 200 people should have been directly elected, Gamaty said.

“This council...will take over and oversee the drafting of a democratic constitution, that should be debated and then brought to a referendum,” he said.

Within a year of the council being put in place, final parliamentary and presidential elections should take place, he said.

“So we have eight months and a year that will take us to final elections with both parliamentary and presidential elections,” said Gamaty.

“And then hopefully by the end of about 20 months, the Libyan people will have elected the leaders they want to lead their country.”