There is no government in Libya: Hugo Chavez

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said that he won`t recognise Libya`s new government.

Caracas: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Wednesday that he won`t recognise Libya`s new government and predicted more war in the country.

The Venezuelan leader condemned the killing of Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi, whom he had considered a friend. He defended Gaddafi throughout the conflict and strongly criticised NATO`s military involvement in the country.

"For us, there is no government in Libya," Chavez told reporters at the presidential palace.

"We don`t recognise the government that NATO has installed. It`s installed a government through bombs in Libya and through a genocide ... and an assassination," Chavez said.

"Independently of who the president was, whether you or others didn`t like him ... he was the president of Libya," Chavez said.

He said the conflict has left behind a shattered country, and he predicted that it isn`t over.

"Libya isn`t under anyone`s control. A war will start there now," Chavez said. "Well, it already started, imposed by NATO and the United Nations Security Council."

"They destroyed that country, and now there`s chaos there, violence everywhere," he added.

The Venezuelan President demanded peace negotiations during the conflict in Libya and denounced the rebels as "terrorists”. Gaddafi at one point sent Chavez a letter thanking him for his support.

Chavez said after Gaddafi`s death that he would be remembered as a martyr.

Bureau Report

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