The son of Libya’s late leader Muammar al-Gaddafi has registered as a presidential candidate for December’s upcoming presidential election, as disputes rage over the rules of a vote proposed as a way to end a decade of violence.
Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, aged 49, appeared dressed in a traditional brown robe and turban, with a grey beard and glasses, signing documents at the election center in the southern town of Sebha, 7 News reported. An official confirmed he had registered.
Gaddafi is one of the most prominent figures expected to run for president – a list that also includes military commander Khalifa Haftar, Prime Minister Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah, and parliament speaker Aguila Saleh.
However, despite the public backing of most Libyan factions and foreign powers for elections on December 24, whether or not the vote will go on is still in doubt, as rival entities squabble over the rules and schedule of the elections.
A major conference in Paris on Friday agreed to sanction anyone who disrupts or prevents the vote, but with less than six weeks to go, there is still no agreement on rules to govern who should be able to run.
Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi was imprisoned following the NATO invasion of Libya and destruction of the country in 2011, but was eventually released on 2017. He has since built up a significant popular following as leading figure in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Libya, as Libya still suffers from crushing poverty and continuing violence as a result of the 2011 invasion.
Source: Mehr news agency