Saif al-Islam, the son of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, is going to run participat in Libya’s next presidential election, according to the family’s spokesman, Basem al-Hashimi al-Soul.
“Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the former Libyan president, enjoys the support of major tribes in Libya so he can run for the upcoming presidential elections due in 2018,” al-Soul told the Egypt Today newspaper.
Al-Soul added Saif al-Islam would run on a promise to provide “security and stability in accordance with the Libyan geography and in coordination with all Libyan factions.”
Gaddafi’s son was released from prison in June, six years after the NATO-led intervention in the country, which has now fallen into the hands of warring armed factions.
The UN-backed Government of National Accord, based in Tripoli, announced earlier in December it hoped to run the presidential election in 2018 in an effort to push forward with the country’s national reconciliation programme.