Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi, inundated by rebels and NATO-led bombing runs, took time Sunday to play some chess with Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, president of the World Chess Federation, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported. Can a peaceful solution for Libya be negotiated over chess boards?
“I am neither premier nor president nor king,” Interfax quoted Kadafi as saying during the meeting. “I do not hold any post in Libya and therefore I have no position that I should give up.”
Kadafi, known to his people as “the Leader,” does not hold any official position in the Libyan government. However, he has rule with uncontested power. His unsanctioned dictatorship has been in place for more than 40 years in the North African nation.
Interfax said Kadafi told Ilyumzhinov that he was not going to step down as the ruling leader of Libya.
The chess federation chief, who is touring African states, said he also played chess with Kadafi’s son, Muhammad, who heads the national Olympic Committee, Interfax reported. The two used the Sicilian defense and played on two ornate alabaster chess boards.
Like Kadafi, Ilyumzhinov is, what most people would consider, an unconventional person. The multi-millionaire businessman made news in Russia after saying he had been abducted by aliens from the balcony of his Moscow apartment.
Meantime, the Algerian Foreign Ministry reported a denial Sunday, which Kadafi had fled there.
Chess Boards-Where Moammar Kadafi Talks To The World