Gaddafi’s last son Saif al-Islam declares candidacy for Libya poll

Saif al-Islam, once the most prominent son of Libya’s former leader Muammar Gaddafi, has declared his candidacy for the country’s presidential election. A statement posted on Saif al-Islam’s official Facebook page on Wednesday said…

Gaddafi's last son Saif al-Islam declares candidacy for Libya poll

Saif al-Islam, once the most prominent son of Libya’s former leader Muammar Gaddafi, has declared his candidacy for the country’s presidential election.

A statement posted on Saif al-Islam’s official Facebook page on Wednesday said the former Libyan prime minister, Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi, will stand as an independent candidate with his brother Walid, a former interior minister, on the ticket.

The Gaddafi family, including Saif al-Islam and his father, are wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity during the 2011 uprising that ousted the former strongman.

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“These two people will be a front for the truth about the miserable legacy of Gaddafi and his family who sought to keep the country under their domination with terror,” Saif al-Islam said in a message.

The election has been set for 25 December but no official date has been announced.

The election committee said on Tuesday it had received 91 applications for the post, which is being held for the first time under Libya’s new political process.

A key problem is that the National Oil Corporation is still failing to restore production to pre-war levels of 1.6m barrels per day and the country’s new prime minister, Fayez al-Sarraj, is fighting to convince oil companies to invest.

A general election is expected to take place in early 2020, although several Libyan politicians said in recent weeks that a new government would be formed sooner to enable Libyans to vote.

Saif al-Islam is serving a four-year prison sentence in Libya after a UN-backed court found him guilty of war crimes. But he denies he committed any crimes and says he has been targeted because of his political activities and his close ties to the west.

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