Former Libyan ruler Gaddafi’s son runs for president

Saif al-Islam GaddafiThe 49-year-old was seen in a video of the Election Commission in a traditional brown robe and turban and with a gray beard and glasses signing documents at the election center in the southern city of Sebha.
Gaddafi is one of the most prominent – and controversial – figures running for the presidency, a list that also includes Eastern military commanders. Khalifa Haftari, Prime Minister Abdulhamid al-Dabiba and Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh.
However, while his name is one of the most well known in Libya, and although he once played a major role in shaping the policy prior to 2011. NATO-backed insurgency The one that destroyed his family’s rule has hardly been seen for a decade.

His formal entry into an election, the rules of which are still contested by rival factions of Libya, may also cast new questions on a contest that has featured candidates seen as unacceptable in some regions.

Despite public support from most Libyan factions and foreign powers for elections to be held on 24 December, the vote remains in doubt as rival entities dispute rules and timelines.

A major convention in Paris agreed on Friday to approve anyone who obstructs or halts the vote, but with less than six weeks to go, there is still no agreement on rules to govern who. Must be able to walk.

While Gaddafi is likely to play on nostalgia for the era before the NATO-backed uprising of 2011, which ousted his father from power and sparked a decade of chaos and violence, analysts say he is the front runner. Those cannot be proved.

The Gaddafi era is still remembered by many Libyans as a harsh autocracy, while Saif al-Islam and other former regime figures have been out of power for so long, it is difficult for them to garner as much support as major rivals. It is possible.

In October 2011, Moammar Gaddafi was captured by opposition fighters outside his hometown of Sirte. shot in a nutshell, Saif al-Islam was captured a few days later by fighters in the mountainous Zintan region as he tried to flee Libya to Niger.

More than a decade later, Saif al-Islam is now a cipher for Libyans. Xintan fighters kept him out of public view for years and his views on the crisis are not known.

He gave an interview to the New York Times earlier this year, but has yet to publicly speak directly to Libyans.

Complicating his presidential ambitions, Gaddafi was tried in absentia in 2015. Tripoli Court To which he appeared via videolink to Zintan, and who sentenced him to death for war crimes, including the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising.
He could face arrest or other threats if he appears in public in the capital, Tripoli. he is also desired by International Criminal Court,

Educated at the London School of Economics and a fluent English speaker, Saif al-Islam was once seen by many governments as an acceptable, Western-friendly face and potential successor to Libya.

But when an uprising broke out against the long regime of Moammar Gaddafi in 2011, Saif al-Islam quickly chose family and clan loyalty over many of his friendships in the West, telling Reuters television: “We fight here in Libya; we fight here. die in Libya.”