Gaddafi’s son Seif al-Islam runs for president of Libya

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Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of assassinated Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, registered on Sunday to run in the presidential elections in December, the electoral commission said.

“Seif al-Islam Gadhafi submitted (…) his candidacy for the presidential election to the office of the High National Electoral Commission in the (southern) town of Sebha,” said a statement from the commission.

He indicated that he had fulfilled “all the legal requirements” and that he had also received a voter card for the district of Sebha.

Libya’s first-ever direct presidential ballot, with a first round on December 24, is the culmination of a process launched last year by the United Nations to end the years of violence since the revolt that toppled the United Nations. dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Libya opened registration for candidates on Monday.

In July, Seif al-Islam, 49, stepped out of the shadows and told the New York Times that he planned a political comeback.

In a rare interview, he said he wanted to “restore the lost unity” of Libya after a decade of chaos and was not ruling out running for president.

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The dictator’s former heir apparent is wanted for crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Until the interview, Seif al-Islam had not been seen or heard since June 2014, when he appeared by videoconference from Zintan, in the west of the country, during his trial in court. from Tripoli.

(AFP)

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