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Saif al-Islam Gaddafi to run for president of Libya

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Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the late Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi, registered on Sunday to run in the country’s presidential polls next month, the electoral commission said.

The 49-year-old, who is wanted for crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court, appeared in an electoral commission video in traditional brown robe and turban, and with a grey beard and glasses, signing documents at the election centre in the southern town of Sebha.

“Saif al-Islam Gaddafi submitted… his candidacy for the presidential election to the High National Electoral Commission office in the city of Sebha,” said a statement by the commission.

Gaddafi had completed “all the required legal conditions”, the statement read, adding that he was issued with a voter registration card for the Sebha district.

Libya’s first ever direct presidential poll, with a first round on 24 December, is the climax of a process launched last year by the United Nations to draw a line under years of violence since the revolt that toppled dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Libya opened registration for candidates on Monday.

Gaddafi is one of the most prominent – and controversial – figures expected to run for president, a list that also includes eastern military commander Khalifa Haftar, Prime Minister Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah and parliament speaker Aguila Saleh.

However, while his name is one of the best known in Libya, and though he once played a major role in shaping policy before the 2011 Nato-backed uprising that destroyed his family’s regime, he has barely been seen for a decade. Continue Reading

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