Gaddafi’s son announces his candidacy for president of Libya
Cairo – The Libyan Electoral Agency, the son of the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi and his former crown prince, announced, on Sunday, his candidacy for the presidential elections in the country next month.
The agency said in a statement that Saif al-Islam submitted his candidacy papers in the southern city of Sabah.
Fighters arrested Gaddafi’s son in late 2011, the year a popular uprising toppled his father after more than 40 years in power. Muammar Gaddafi was later killed in the ensuing fighting that turned into a civil war.
In a video published by the election office in which he registered, Saif al-Islam addressed the camera and said that God will decide the right path for the country’s future. He was wearing a traditional Libyan dress, turban and glasses.
Saif al-Islam was released in June 2017 after more than five years in detention, and in July he told the New York Times in an exclusive interview that he was considering running for a higher office in the country. Libya is set to hold presidential elections on December 24, after years of UN-led attempts to usher in a more democratic future and end the war.
The long-awaited vote continues to face challenges, including outstanding issues over election laws and infighting between armed groups. Other obstacles include the deep rift that still exists between the east and west of the country, which has been divided for years by the war, and the presence of thousands of fighters and foreign forces.
Gaddafi the dictator had eight children, most of whom played important roles in his regime. His son Mutassim was killed at the same time that Gaddafi was captured and killed. Two other sons, Seif al-Arab and Khamis, were killed earlier in the uprising. Another son, Saadi Gaddafi, was released in September after more than seven years of detention in the capital, Tripoli, after being extradited from neighboring Niger.
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