Kadhafi could be like queen of England: traditional chiefs

28th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

African traditional chiefs on Thursday recommended a transition in Libya with Moamer Kadhafi taking a ceremonial role similar to the queen of England while a rebel leader holds executive power.

The traditional rulers meeting in the Benin economic hub of Cotonou called for an end to NATO air strikes and suggested "a political transition with the insurgent leader as the executive head while Kadhafi would be a king in the same manner as the queen of England," a statement said.

They condemned the NATO air strikes saying there were driven by ulterior motives involving the country's oil.

"Why has no one gone to intervene in Syria where there are massacres?" said King Tossoh Gbaguidi of Savalou, Benin, referring to the anti-regime protests in which hundreds have been killed since mid-March, according to rights groups.

Kadhafi in August 2008 gathered African traditional rulers for a meeting to mark the anniversary of the coup that brought him to power. The meeting was organised in the Mediterranean city of Benghazi, now a rebel stronghold, east of Tripoli.

They bestowed on him the title "king of kings."

Among traditional rulers who attended the Cotonou conference were those from Chad, Congo Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

© 2011 AFP

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