Libya prepares for Gaddafi’s return to power

The son of the leader of the Jamahiriya is going to run in the presidential elections

The son of the ousted leader of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, Seif al-Islam, has registered his candidacy for the presidency of the country. The presidential elections scheduled for December are intended to end the chaos and internecine conflicts that have lasted for a decade on Libyan soil.

Photo: ru.wikipedia. org Margarita Arredondas.

On the video footage made at the election commission in the city of Sebha, the 49-year-old gray-bearded son of Gaddafi appeared in an unusual form for him. Instead of the European costume familiar in previous years, he was wearing a traditional Libyan cape, and on his head – and ndash; turban.

Safe-al-Islam Gaddafi & ndash; one of the most controversial figures expected to run for president of Libya, Reuters notes. This list also includes Marshal Khalifa Haftar, Prime Minister Abdulhamid al-Dbeiba and Speaker of Parliament Aguila Saleh.

Although the name of Gaddafi Jr. & ndash; one of the most famous in Libya, and although he once played an important role in shaping politics before the events of 2011, which, with NATO backing, overthrew his father's rule, he was hardly seen for ten years.

Fluent in English and educated at the London School of Economics, Seif al-Islam, and fluent in English, was once viewed abroad as an acceptable, Western-friendly figure and a possible heir to Muammar Gaddafi. In the past, the BBC reminds, he entered the closest circle of his father, mainly engaged in public relations and diplomacy. At the same time, Seif al-Islam publicly rejected the offer from Gaddafi Sr. to take an official post, although he actually performed the functions of prime minister.

Seif al-Islam expressed the hope that he could unite Libya. While Gaddafi's son is likely to play on nostalgia for a peaceful and stable era of the Jamahiriya, analysts say he may not be among the leaders in the vote.

Many Libyans perceive the era of Muammar Gaddafi as an era of harsh autocracy, Reuters notes, while Seif al-Islam has been out of power for so long that it may be difficult for him to mobilize the same support as his main rivals.

Recall that at one time Gaddafi Jr. was seized by militants from the mountainous region of Zintan when he tried to escape from Libya to Niger. It happened a few days after his father Muammar Gaddafi was captured by armed opposition militants near his hometown of Sirte in October 2011 and brutally killed without trial. & Nbsp;

Seif al-Islam on for several years was out of the public eye. Earlier this year, he gave an interview to the New York Times, but has not yet spoken publicly, addressing directly to Libyans.

Complicating Gaddafi Jr.'s presidential ambitions is the fact that he appeared before the Tripoli court in absentia in 2015 (himself he appeared via video link from Zintana), who sentenced him to death for war crimes, including killing protesters during the 2011 uprising. As noted by Reuters, the son of Gaddafi faces arrest or other danger if he appears publicly in the capital of Tripoli, although the death sentence was later overturned. He is also wanted by the International Criminal Court.

Despite public support from most Libyan factions and foreign powers for the December 24 elections, the vote remains in question as rival forces argue over its rules and timetable.


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