Gaddafi’s Son Saif al-Islam to Run for Libyan Presidency

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi (son of former Libya Dictator Muammar Gaddafi) intends to participate in the presidential election of Libya. This was stated by the spokesman of the Gaddafi family Basem al-Hashimi al-Sul to the English-language Egyptian magazine Egypt Today.

Muammar Gaddafi, who ruled Libya since 1969, was captured and killed by Rebels in October 2011.

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi will run for the upcoming presidential election, which may take place in mid-2018,” he said. The beginning of the political activities of Saif al-Islam on the territory of Libya became known in mid-October. Gaddafi’s lawyer Khaled Al-Zaidi told Al Arabiya TV that Gaddafi’s son is involved in the life of the Libyan society, maintains contacts with public figures and leaders of the Libyan tribes.

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Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, 44, the eldest son of Muammar Gaddafi from his second marriage, was considered by his father as a probable successor. He is an architect and engineer by training, studied in Austria and the UK. Saif al-Islam, whose name means sword of Islam lived in a £10m mansion in Hampstead, London (before the 2011 Arab spring) and was awarded a contentious PhD. from the London School of Economics and had impressive connections including with hedge fund investors.

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Saif al-Islam Gaddafi was arrested in November 2011 by a militia from the city of Zintan, when he was traveling by car towards the border with the Niger. The Appeal Court in Tripoli on July 24, 2015, sentenced him in absentia with the death sentence on charges of “crimes against the Libyan people” committed during the so-called revolution on February 17. However, the Zintans categorically refused to hand over the prisoner to the capital authorities, who were repeatedly at odds with the fall of the former regime, and in the beginning of June Saif al-Islam Gaddafi was released from Zintan prison.