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Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi to run for Libya's president

Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif Al-Islam [NRM E-Club Nakawa/Facebook]
Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif Al-Islam [NRM E-Club Nakawa/Facebook]

The son of the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi yesterday announced that he would run in the presidential election to be held on 24 December.

Afrigate quotes a source a close to supporters of the former Gaddafi regime as saying that Saif Al-Islam's announcement had come on the 52nd anniversary of the Al-Fateh Revolution – the 1969 Libyan coup carried out against the late Libyan King Muhammad Idris Al-Senussi.

The advisor of the Libyan Tribal Union (LTU), Khalifa Al-Ghweil, also told the news website that Saif Al-Islam would make an official statement "soon," noting that he had announced his intention to run for Libya's presidency in a press conference in Tunisia in 2018.

The US' Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Joey Hood, recently stressed that the international community was against Gaddafi's candidacy.

"The whole world has a problem with Saif al-Islam Gaddafi's candidacy for the presidential elections," Hood said, adding that whoever runs for the Libyan elections was a "matter for the Libyan people to decide."

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