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Libyan Opposition Leader Outlines Plan For Post-Qaddafi Government


Mahmud Jibril speaks at the Brookings Institution in Washington.
WASHINGTON -- The interim prime minister of Libya's opposition Transitional National Council has presented a "road map" to a democratic government, to be carried out if the regime of leader Muammar Qaddafi falls.

Mahmud Jibril said opposition leaders plan to convene a national congress comprised of members from all regions to select a committee to draft a constitution.

He said the constitution should be approved by a UN-observed referendum.

Parliamentary elections would follow, two months after which a president would be elected.

Jibril was speaking on May 12 at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank, ahead of meetings on May 13 with White House officials.

"If I meet President Obama, first of all I would really thank him for the role the United States has played so far," Jibril said, "and I would strongly urge him to play a more active role, because there is a lot at stake strategically for the United States if that role is not played properly. There is a lot to be lost."

Jibril said he will push for official U.S. recognition of the council, as well as funding for the opposition, who he insisted are breaking a stalemate in the nearly 3-month-old fight against pro-Qaddafi forces.

-- Richard Solash