Libyan special envoy Ghassan Salamé said that Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the late president of Libya, could be a candidate in the forthcoming parliamentary and presidential elections. In an interview with France 24 on Friday.
“The elections (parliamentary and presidential) that are the point of arrival of the process must be open to everyone,” Ghassan Salamé said in an interview with the France 24 television channel.
“I want the political agreement not to be the private property of this or that. This can include Saif al-Islam (the son of the late Colonel Gaddafi), it can include supporters of the old regime that I openly receive in my office, “added the UN envoy.
Asked if these elections could include Islamists, Salamé explained that the latter are an important part of the current struggle and will therefore participate in the political process.
Salamé, who took office in July, presented last week a roadmap for Libya and the various preparations underway for the upcoming general elections. “We have to create conditions for these elections, and we should know how to choose a president,” he said.
It was with amazement and consternation that the Libyan authorities received these remarks. According to the deputy of Abu Qasim Qazit, Salamé should evaluate the situation and correct what he said so as not to lose credibility. “We accept ex-supporters of the regime but Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi is wanted for international crimes, and also by the Libyan courts,” he said.