14 days after the start of the popular protests in Libya, leader Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, on Wednesday appeared on TV and said he does not have the powers of the leader, stressing that the "Libyan people is the ruler."
Gaddafi spoke during his participation in the annual celebration of the 34th anniversary of the so-called the "declaration of the people's power". Gaddafi stressed "there is no regime or president or government or authority," adding, "We put our fingers in the eyes of those who question the authority of the people."
He added: "I want to remind the world that we turned from Republic to Jamahiriaya, i.e. the country is ruled by the masses." According to him, the Libyan people exercise authority over the people's congresses.
Gaddafi claimed that the protests, which are taking place in Libya, began following the infiltration of al Qaeda cells into the country. They attacked security brigades and seized their weapons. He said that detainees released from Guantanamo moved to Benghazi an Zawiya. He said that the killing of the militants is possible but "we did not order to kill them even now," after they took control of Derna, Benghazi and other cities.
Gaddafi called on the United Nations to dispatch a fact-finding commission to Libya, adding that there is a conspiracy to control the petroleum of Libya and Libyan territory.