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Rebel council reveals democracy timeline

world Updated: Sep 03, 2011 00:13 IST

A council tasked with drafting a constitution for Libya should be elected within eight months ahead of presidential and legislative polls in early 2013, a rebel leadership official said on Friday.

"We have outlined a clear road plan, a transition period of about 20 months," Guma al-Gamaty, the National Transitional Council's representative in Britain, told BBC radio.

He said the process of transition was already under way and the NTC leadership would complete their move to Tripoli within a few days.

For the first eight months, the council will lead Libya, at the end of which time a council of about 200 people should have been directly elected, Gamaty said.

"This council... will take over and oversee the drafting of a democratic constitution, that should be debated and then brought to a referendum" he said. Within a year of the council being put in place, parliamentary and presidential elections should take place, he said.