Saif Islam Gaddafi, the son of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, registered today as the country’s presidential candidate in the December elections.
Photos on social media showed Saif Islam, wearing a traditional brown robe, turban, beard and glasses, signing documents at a registration center in Sabha, southern Libya.
The committee’s statement read: “Saif al-Islam Gaddafi has submitted his presidential candidacy to the Office of the High National Election Commission in Sabha.” Therefore, he completed “all necessary laws. Procedures” and obtained a voter card in Sabha District.
Despite the support at home and abroad, the upcoming elections in Libya are still questionable as hostile forces continue to compete and fight with each other to influence the rules and exit schedule.
An important meeting in Paris, France, on November 12, agreed to punish anyone who disrupted or interfered with Libyan elections, but there was no agreement on who could run for office.
Libya’s direct presidential elections will be held on December 24. The first round of elections is the culmination of a process initiated by the United Nations last year to end the country’s lingering turmoil. Libya has been in 2011 since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Libya will open candidate registration on November 8. The presidential candidates include General Khalifa Haftar, Prime Minister Abdulhamid Debeba and Speaker of the National Assembly Aguilar Saleh.
In July, 49-year-old Seif al-Islam made his first appearance in years and told the New York Times that he planned to return to politics.
In a rare interview, he said that he wanted to “restore the lost unity of Libya” after a decade of turmoil and did not rule out the possibility of running for president.
In recent years, Libya has split between two rival governments supported by foreign troops and militias.
In October last year, after the Turkish-backed Government of National Unity (GNA) troops in Tripoli defeated the eastern army led by General Khalifa Haftar, the two sides agreed to a ceasefire in Geneva, Switzerland.
Since then, the security situation in Libya has gradually improved, albeit slowly. An interim government was established in March and a general election plan was drawn up.
Wu Huang (follow AFP, Reuters)