Libyan state television on Sunday broadcast pictures of leader Muammar Gaddafi
meeting the president of the international chess federation. Russia's Interfax
news agency quoted Kirsan Ilyumzhinov as saying he played a game of chess in
Tripoli Sunday with Gaddafi. He said the Libyan leader told him he had no intention
of leaving the country. Source: Reuters.
According to Russia's Interfax
news agency the FIDE President sat down for a game of chess with Kadhafi's
eldest son Muhammad, with the two playing the Sicilian Defense. Ilyumzhinov,
who is on a visit to Tripoli in his capacity as FIDE president and as part of
FIDE’s “Year of Africa”, said that Kadhafi had stated that
he is not going to leave Libya, stressing that it is his motherland and a land
where his children and grandchildren died. He also said that he does not understand
which post he needs to step down from. "I am neither premier nor president
nor king. I do not hold any post in Libya and therefore I have no position which
I should give up," Ilyumzhinov quoted Kadhafi as telling him. Source: Gazeta.
Ilyumzhinov has a seven-year cordial relationship with Gaddafi, who in 2004
sponsored the FIDE
World Chess Championship in Tripoli.
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