Libyan leader regrets Tunisia turmoil

Published January 16th, 2011 - 06:28 GMT
Tunisia in crisis
Tunisia in crisis

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said late Saturday Tunisia is suffering bloodshed and lawlessness because its people were too quick to get rid of their president. 

"I am very pained by what is happening in Tunisia," Gaddafi said in a speech reported by Libya's official Jana news agency. "Tunisia now lives in fear ... Families could be raided and slaughtered in their bedrooms and the citizens in the street killed as if it was the Bolshevik or the American revolution," said Gaddafi. 

"What is this for? To change Zine al-Abidine? Hasn't he told you he would step down after three years? Be patient for three years and your son stays alive," Gaddafi said. 

Gaddafi conveyed Tunisia should adopt his model of rule, which replaces representative democracy with direct rule by the people through institutions called popular committees. According to him, this model "marks the final destination for the peoples' quest for democracy. If this is what the events (in Tunisia) are for, then it has to be made clear". 



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