The head of Libya's new leadership, National Transitional Council chief Mustafa Abdel Jalil, landed in the port city of Misrata on Saturday, AFP correspondents witnessed, en route to Tripoli.
His visit to Tripoli was to be his first visit since NTC fighters seized the capital and ousted Moamer Kadhafi.
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Abdel Jalil told AFP from NTC headquarters in Benghazi that his visit to Tripoli was "temporary" and that the council he heads would be transferred to the capital "after the (full) liberation" of the country.
"Yes, God willing," he replied when asked if he was flying to Tripoli as he boarded a plane in the country's second city.
An AFP correspondent said Abdel Jalil was due to give a news conference in Misrata, a city which suffered a lengthy siege by pro-Kadhafi forces that was lifted only in August.