Seif al-Islam to Contest in Libyan Presidential Polls

Seif al-Islam to Contest in Libyan Presidential Polls (News Central TV)

Wanted son of late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam, announced Sunday his candidacy for the country’s upcoming presidential and parliamentary polls to be held on December 24.

Seif al-Islam’s whereabouts have been largely unknown for several months. He is emerging as a frontrunner in Libya’s first ever direct presidential poll.
The emergence of a winner would mark the climax of a United Nations backed process to normalise the oil-rich nation since the revolt that toppled Gaddafi in 2011.

He is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the NATO-backed uprising, Seif al-Islam has however completed “all the required legal conditions”, the election commission said.

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

The commission released pictures showing the 49-year old Seif al-Islam dressed in a traditional Bedouin robe and headdress. He was issued with a voter registration card for the southern Sebha district.

Four months ago, Seif al-Islam emerged from years in the shadows and told The New York Times he was planning a political comeback.

Many Libyans view Seif’s comback with mixed feelings following speculations over his possible presidential bid even though he had been sentenced to death by a Tripoli court in 2017 for crimes committed during the uprising.

All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from News Central TV.


Exit mobile version