Gaddafi's son warns Libyans of civil wars if clashes escalate: TV

09:21, February 21, 2011      

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Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son Seif al-Islam said in a televised address early Monday that Libya was in danger of civil wars if the clashes between the security forces and protestors escalate, according to Doha-based Al-Jazeera.

He said that his father was in the country and backed by the army, saying that Gaddafi "was not a leader as (Zine El Abidine) Ben Ali or (Hosni) Mubarak."

"We will fight to the last minute, until the last bullet," he said.

Seif al-Islam said Libya's parliament would convene on Monday to discuss a "clear" reform agenda, while the government would also raise wages.

"We will have to lay down a constitution for the country," he said, pledging to make reforms in future.

Dubai-based Al-Alabiya and Al-Jazeera reported earlier that Gaddafi has left for Brazil or Venezuela, and his son Seif al-Islam took over as the head of the country. But this was not confirmed by any Libyan official sources.

Gaddafi's son said if the situation goes out of control, every Libyan has to carry arms to defend himself, because the country will have bloodshed. "Violence worse than Iraq" is possible if revolt continues.

Seif al-Islam said that it was a plot against Libya, as foreign elements were present in the country.

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