CAIRO (AP) — The son and one-time inheritor obvious of late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi introduced Sunday his candidacy for the nation’s presidential election subsequent month, Libya’s election company stated.
Seif al-Islam submitted his candidacy papers within the southern city of Sabah, the company stated in a press release.
Gadhafi’s son was captured by fighters late in 2011, the 12 months when a well-liked rebellion toppled his father after greater than 40 years in energy. Moammar Gadhafi was later killed amid the following combating that might flip right into a civil warfare.
In a video launched by the elections workplace the place he registered, Seif al-Islam addressed the digital camera stated that God will determine the precise path for the nation’s future. He wore a conventional Libyan gown and turban and spectacles.
Seif al-Islam was launched in June 2017 after greater than 5 years of detention, and in July instructed The New York Occasions in an unique interview that he was contemplating a run for the nation’s prime workplace. Libya is ready to carry presidential elections on Dec. 24, after years of U.N.-led makes an attempt to usher in a extra democratic future and convey the warfare to an finish.
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The long-awaited vote nonetheless faces challenges, together with unresolved points over election legal guidelines and occasional infighting amongst armed teams. Different obstacles embody the deep rift that is still between the nation’s east and west, cut up for years by the warfare, and the presence of hundreds of overseas fighters and troops.
Gadhafi the dictator had eight youngsters, most of whom performed vital roles in his regime. His son Muatassim was killed on the identical time Gadhafi was captured and slain. Two different sons, Seif al-Arab and Khamis, had been killed earlier within the rebellion. One other son, al-Saadi Gadhafi, was launched in September after greater than seven years of detention within the capital of Tripoli following his extradition from neighboring Niger.
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