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Libya: Gaddafi’s Son, Saif al-Islam Presidential Candidacy For 2018 Election Confirmed

The son of the late Libyan leader Saif al-Islam, wanted for crimes against humanity, will run for the next presidential election, local media reported on Monday.

The spokesman Basem al-Hashimi al-Soul told the Egypt Today newspaper that Saif al-Islam had the support of the country’s great tribes and that he promised to ensure the “security and stability” of the Libyan people.

 

“Saif al-Islam will run for the next presidential elections in mid-2018,” said Soul.

“Al-Islam plans to strengthen security and stability in accordance with Libyan geography and in coordination with all Libyan factions. He has the support of the great Libyan tribes, “he added.

The UN-backed national unity government, based in Tripoli, announced last week that it will hold the presidential elections next year with the aim of advancing the national reconciliation agenda.

Al-Islam was arrested after his father’s death in 2011 and detained by Abu Bakr al-Sadiq’s brigade in Zintan until his release in June thanks to an amnesty law passed by a parliament based in Tobruk, in the east of the country.

The 44-year-old politician has been indicted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity for his role in cracking down on his father’s 2011 revolt.

He was sentenced to death in July 2015 by a Tripoli court, controlled by a defunct government that rivaled Tobruk’s parliament.

However, thanks to the support he had, and given the fragmentation of the country, the Zintan militias refused to comply with the Court. For the Libyans, it is now time to rebuild this country that was torn apart by the war.

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  1. It’s time to bring back Gadhafi Legacy!
    Time to rebuild Libya and be back in Africa stage and moving Africa towards Peace and Prosperity and out of Poverty, War and Famine by the west with their military industrial complex and aid industrial complex!

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