Saif al-Islam Gaddafi (son of former Libya Dictator Muammar Gaddafi) intends to participate in the presidential election of Libya. This was stated by the spokesman of the Gaddafi family Basem al-Hashimi al-Sul to the English-language Egyptian magazine Egypt Today.
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi will run for the upcoming presidential election, which may take place in mid-2018,” he said. The beginning of the political activities of Saif al-Islam on the territory of Libya became known in mid-October. Gaddafi’s lawyer Khaled Al-Zaidi told Al Arabiya TV that Gaddafi’s son is involved in the life of the Libyan society, maintains contacts with public figures and leaders of the Libyan tribes.
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, 44, the eldest son of Muammar Gaddafi from his second marriage, was considered by his father as a probable successor. He is an architect and engineer by training, studied in Austria and the UK. Saif al-Islam, whose name means sword of Islam lived in a £10m mansion in Hampstead, London (before the 2011 Arab spring) and was awarded a contentious PhD. from the London School of Economics and had impressive connections including with hedge fund investors.