Gaddafi could stay in Libya if he quits politics: France

Supporters of the Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi take part in a rally on July 19, 2011, in al-Aziziyah, a city 50 km south of Tripoli, where the leader's speech was broadcasted over loudspeakers. (AFP)

France accepts Moamer Gaddafi could stay in Libya if he quits politics, under a ceasefire deal to end a conflict with rebels backed by Paris, the French foreign minister said on Wednesday.

"One of the possibilities being considered is that he stay in Libya but on the clear condition that he steps aside from Libyan political life," the minister, Alain Juppe, told LCI television.

"That is what we are waiting for before we start the political process for a ceasefire."

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