By Sami Zaptia.
Tripoli, 4 February 2014:
Commenting on the upcoming 7th February issue, the date that some political activists, basing their views . . .[restrict]on an interpretation of the 2011 Constitutional Declaration, say should be the end of the current GNC’s term in office, the Prime Minister said that he would take a “nationalist and patriotic position” looking to the interest of the country as a whole, if required to do so.
Ali Zeidan said that his government had a legal and constitutional role to perform, as well as a historic one as required by the Constitutional Declaration.
Zeidan denied rumours that he had ordered forces into Tripoli for its protection, saying that he came to power legitimately via the ballot box. “We will stay in power by virtue of the law and we will leave office by virtue of the law”, he insisted.
“I am not a man of the gun like some politicians. Guns are for the police and army. My political role shall be a patriotic one as prescribed on us by history. All members of the government are either part of the [anti Qaddafi political] struggle or [former] political prisoners [under the Qaddafi regime]. [/restrict]