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Libyan Presidential Election: What Moscow Thinks of the Candidacy of Gaddafi’s Son, Saif al-Islam

For some time, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi son of the late Libyan guide does not hide his intention to be a candidate for the Libyan presidential next year. To this end, he reportedly sent a letter to Vladimir Putin seeking Russia’s support. Russian diplomacy has reacted for a few hours indicating that none of Libya’s political actors should be excluded from the national political process:

” Our position is that no one should be isolated and excluded from a constructive political role ,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told Ria Novosti on December 24, while commenting on a information reported a few days earlier by Bloomberg.

The agency also said that a representative of Saif al-Islam Kadhafi would have sent Russian officials a letter to Vladimir Putin.

In this letter, the son of Muammar Gaddafi has exposed to the Russian president his roadmap to get the country out of the crisis and asked for political support, while he seeks the Libyan presidency. The US agency also said that Russian diplomats had spoken with him by video link shortly after his release in June 2017.

” Saif al-Islam Kadhafi has the support of some tribes in Libya and this should be included in the political process ,” said Mikhail Bogdanov.

As a reminder, on March 19 Saif al-Islam Kadhafi announced through one of his spokesmen, Aymen Bourass, from Tunis, his candidacy for the next Libyan presidential election under the banner of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Libya. Libya (FPLL).

While under arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court, Saif al-Islam Kadhafi was released as part of a general amnesty proclaimed by the Tobruk-based parliament after being detained nearly six years ago by the Abu Bakr al-Sadiq Brigade, one of the armed groups controlling the town of Zenten, in northwestern Libya.

He reportedly fled to the Tunisian capital, according to several media reports. It has not appeared in public since June 2017. Initially on December 10, 2018, the Libyan presidential election was postponed until spring 2019, after the holding of a national conference early next year, supposed to end a transition period troubled by political and security crises since NATO’s military intervention in 2011.

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