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Libya: Gaddafi son bid for presidency

Brussels 14.11.2021 The son and heir of late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi announced Sunday, November 14, his candidacy for the country’s presidential election next month, Libya’s election agency said.

Seif al-Islam submitted his candidacy papers in the southern town of Sabah, the agency said in a statement.

Gadhafi’s son was captured by fighters late in 2011, the year when a popular uprising toppled Gadhafi after more than 40 years in power. Moammar Gadhafi was later killed under suspicious circumstances, while attempting to flee NATO operations in Libya sky.

“The death of Moammar Gaddafi, on October 20, in Sirte raises one of the questions which has to be clarified. There are serious suspicions about it being in fact a war crime” said Luis Moreno-Campo, the Prosecutor General of the International Criminal Court (ICC), according to Le Figaro newpaper on 16 December 2011.

Seif al-Islam (49) was released in June 2017 after more than five years in detention. Gadhafi’s son is one of the most prominent figures expected to run for president — a list that also includes eastern military commander Khalifa Haftar (78), Prime Minister Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah (63) and parliament speaker Aguila Saleh (77).

Photographs distributed on social media showed Gadhafi in traditional brown robe and turban, and with a grey beard and glasses, signing documents at the registration centre in the southern town of Sebha.

Kremlin consent to Gaddafi’s son political ambitions

Saif al-Islam, the son of the assassinated Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, should have a chance to run for the country’s top office, a high-ranking Russian diplomat said.
“Our position is that no one should be isolated and excluded from a constructive political role,” Mikhail Bogdanov Deputy Foreign Minister told Russian RIA Novosti news agency. Saif al-Islam has the backing of specific tribes in Libya and all this should be part of the overall political process.” But not only, what Russian diplomat did not mention is backing of al-Islam by Libyans in exile, willing to return home. In a recent survey 92% of Libyans in Egypt are supporting the restoration of Gaddafi ‘dynasty’.

The report on Saif al-Islam’s contacts with Russia is part of a larger narrative about Russia’s role in the conflict-torn country, which was disintegrated after the NATO-backed uprising overthrew Gaddafi in 2011.

After the assassination of his powerful father, Saif al-Islam spent years as a prisoner of militias in the western Libyan city of Zintan. Gaddafi’s heir has long declared his intention to run for Libyan presidency.

The restoration of Gaddafi family rule can be interesting for all those who are willing to return the vanished treasures of Colonel Gaddafi to Libyan people, and restore the interrupted contracts with multiple foreign companies.

However the re-establishing of Saif al-Islam on political scene would meet opposition of both incumbent leaders in Tripoli and Benghazi, who became opponents of the Colonel, and according to his family “betrayed” him in an attempt of power grab.

It would also re-open the requests of the investigation of the circumstances of the backed by the West coup d’état in 2011, and reasons behind Colonel Gaddafi lynching.

“The death of Muammar Gaddafi, on 20th October 2011 in Syriais one of the questions to should be clarified. There are serious suspicions about it being a war crime“, said Luis Moreno-Campo  the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague one month after the incident. The investigation of the circumstances of Gaddafi death was never carried out, on contrary it was “blessed’ by Hillary Clinton, the US State Secretary, who openly cheered when receiving the news.

Gaddafi‘s death closes a very unfortunate chapter in Libya‘s history‘, Hillary Clinton said, however life showed contrary, the overwhelming majority of Libyans refer to Gaddafi rule as ‘Golden Age’.

After the coup d’état till present Libya is considered as a failed state caught in turmoil of a ongoing conflict, a play ground of international terrorist groups like ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, Al-Nushrah and many others.