Libyan rebel says up to 2 years needed for vote

By Michelle Faul

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, May 26 2011 5:30 a.m. MDT

A rebel fighter rests in a makeshift military camp which had been used by Moammar Gadhafi forces in the east front line, 25 km, 16 miles, from Misrata, Libya, Wednesday, May 25, 2011.

Rodrigo Abd, Associated Press

BENGHAZI, Libya — The vice chairman of Libya's rebel administration says it could take up to two years to organize elections, backtracking on promises of a six-month transition to democracy.

Abdel-Hafidh Ghoga's announcement is adding to internal dissent within the opposition movement seeking to topple Moammar Gadhafi.

Ghoga, of the National Transitional Council, said at a news conference Wednesday that a one- to two-year transition period would be needed after the hoped-for ouster of Gadhafi. In that time, he said, the opposition would form a transitional legislative body tasked with writing a constitution, hold a referendum on the charter, form political parties and then hold elections.

Some opposition supporters suspect council members are intent on prolonging their power.

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