How do you see your role in the future of Libya?
I can be everything except the leader.
Why do you hate being called the heir apparent?
Because I’m not; that’s it. And I shouldn’t accept that title, which I don’t own. This position cannot be inherited. It cannot be passed from father to son.
So will Libya soon have democratic elections?
Libya will be a democracy soon. Soon is not in one month or two months. It’s a gradual process and an involved process. And soon—meaning in some months, years, not weeks—we will start creating democratic institutions.
How do you see Libya in fifty years?
I don’t know if I’m going to be around by that time. I’m 32. Plus, fifty—
It’s a very difficult question. Libya by that time should be a part of the African Union, part of the United States of Africa, the whole continent one nation. And Libya should be a state, like California, the Golden State. Why not? We should be the Golden State in Africa, and we should be integrated with the rest of the Mediterranean countries. This is the dream of my father.