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Saif al-Islam Gaddafi to Contest In Libya Presidential Election

Muammar Gaddafi’s son seeks to implement a ‘reform’ programme that will focus on reconstruction, spokesman says. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi will run for president in the next Libyan election, a campaign spokesperson said in a news conference from Tunis.

The son of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi will seek to implement a “reform” programme that will focus on reconstruction to serve all Libyans, said Ayman Abu Ras, an official in the Libyan Popular Front party.

Gaddafi, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged crimes against humanity during the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that toppled his father, was sentenced to death in absentia by a court in Tripoli in 2015.

The rebel group that captured him in Zintan, southwest of the capital, had refused to hand him to the authorities. He was released from prison in June 2017 after a parliament based in eastern Libya passed an amnesty law.

His whereabouts remain unknown, but Abu Ras said that Gaddafi is free inside Libya, adding that the candidate will soon address the Libyan people directly.

Towards the end of Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year rule, Saif al-Islam was considered his unofficial heir. During the early days of the 2011 rebellion, the younger Saif al-Islam Gaddafi became the main spokesperson of his father’s government, warning in televised speeches that the country would crumble to pieces if the revolt succeeded.

The United Nations has backed Libyans to organise elections by the end of the year, but the North African country’s competing governments and factions have not agreed on an election law.

Jeffrey Feltman, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, said earlier this year that elections would put a “peaceful and inclusive end to the transition phase”.

“Public opinion poll after public opinion poll demonstrate the strong support of the majority of Libyans from all parts of the country to be able to participate in credible elections …in this year,” Feltman was quoted as saying in January.

Gaddafi’s son, Saif al Islam welcomes Sarkozy arrest, offers evidence
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of fallen Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has welcomed the detention of former French president Nicholas Sarkozy and reiterated his offer of evidence showing that Sarkozy’s 2007 election campaign was funded by illicit funds.

Saif al-Islam alluded to the evidence he gave to European media channel, Euronews in Tripoli in 2011, and lamented that it had taken the French justice system seven years to act on the matter.

An official of the French Judiciary told journalists on Tuesday that Sarkozy was being held in police custody for questioning by magistrates looking into allegations of Libyan funding for his 2007 election campaign.

A judiciary inquiry into the matter had been opened by France in 2013, while in January this year, Britain arrested and charged a French businessman suspected by investigators of funneling money from Gaddafi to finance Sarkozy’s campaign.

Speaking to Africanews, Saif al-Islam mentioned that there are several witnesses willing to testify against Sarkozy, including Abdallah Snoussi, the former director of the Libyan intelligence services and also Bashir Saleh Bashir, the former CEO of Libya Investment.

According to Saif al Islam, Snoussi has a recording of the first meeting between Sarkozy and Gaddafi held in Tripoli before his 2007 election campaign.

Saif al Islam adds that he too can testify, having witnessed the delivery of the first portion of the money to Sarkozy’s former chief of staff, Claude Guant in Tripoli.

He goes on to accuse Sarkozy of being a war criminal who is responsible for the spread of terrorism and illegal immigration in Libya. He urges French president Emmanuel Macron to right the wrongs and prosecute Sarkozy for crimes committed against Libya.

Saif al Islam who has expressed interest in the Libyan presidency also told Africanews that he supports an expeditious organisation of presidential elections in the North African country.

He warned that there are parties in Libya and abroad that seek to maintain the current chaotic situation in Libya, saying an endless war is imminent if elections are not held quickly.

– middle east eye

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