Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam to contest for Libyan President in 2018

Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam to contest for Libyan President in 2018
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Saif al-Islam, son of Libya’s former President Muammar Gaddafi, is mulling participation in next year elections. He was requested by his supporters to run for the elections and reportedly enjoys the support of major tribes in Libya.

44-year old, Saif Islam, is the second son of former strongman Gaddafi who was deposed and killed in a NATO-backed revolution. Saif al-Islam was arrested in 2011, later he reportedly settled in the eastern part of the country after he was granted amnesty in June by Zintan militia which were detaining him.

As reported by Middle East Confidential, Saif al-Islam is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes committed during the revolution. He is also wanted a by Tripoli-based court aligned with UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).

Marathon meetings by Gaddafi’s supporters, their planning for elections, announcement of parliamentary candidates and representation of Saif al-Islam for presidential posts concludes presence of Gaddafi’s faithful in the country.

The “Supreme Council of the Libyan Tribes”, a body that has remained faithful to Gaddafi’s regime is said to have chosen Gaddafi’s son as the legitimate representative of the country.