Gabonese president calls on Libyan leader Gaddafi to leave power

16:49, June 30, 2011      

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Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba on Tuesday asked his "brother" Muammar Gaddafi to leave power in order to facilitate reconciliation in Libya.

"For the good of his people, for the good of his country and for the good of Africa, I would call on Gaddafi himself to leave power to facilitate the reconciliation process," Ali Bongo said when he addressed a press conference held in the Lambarene region in central Gabon.

"He can do it. He has the capacity and he must be willing to do so," Ali Bongo added.

"It will not be good if he is forced to do so. He must make this decision by himself because it's in the interest of all Libyan people," the Gabonese president said.

He reiterated that if the "Guide of the Libyan Revolution" can agree to leave power now, then he will be able to live and see the country developing further.

"Today, and not any day later, a ceasefire must be declared so that the Libyan people do not continue to suffer. The Guide of the Libyan Revolution has the key to the solution," the Gabonese president noted.

Source: Xinhua
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