GADDAFI’S SON SAIF AL-ISLAM TO RUN FOR PRESDIENT IN LIBYA

Son of Libya’s former leader Mohammed Gaddafi, Saif Al-Islam al-Gaddafi has registered as a presidential candidate for the election in the country, which will be conducted in December. Though there is support of the public and most Libyan factions, the results are still in doubt as rival entities confuse over the rules. “Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi submitted … his candidacy for the presidential election to the High National Electoral Commission office in the [southern] city of Sebha,” a statement by the commission said on Sunday. The list of candidates also includes renegade eastern commander Khalifa Haftar, Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah and parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh.

Pictures that were shared on social media showed Gaddafi, with a grey beard and wearing glasses and a traditional brown robe and turban, signing documents at the registration centre in the southern town of Sebha on Sunday. The December elections are considered a key move to finally end the decade long violence that has been drawn in regional groups since the 2011 uprising against Gaddafi, which was backed by NATO. The era in which Gaddafi ruled Libya is still considered one of the deadly autocracies in the country. So it would be hard for Saif to find his ground and mobilise voters to his side. He had given an interview to The New York Times but had not spoken to the public yet. 

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