Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of late Libyan ruler Colonel Muammar Al Gaddafi has registered as a presidential candidate to contest for president in an upcoming election, the country’s electoral commission has confirmed.
“Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi submitted…his candidacy for the presidential election to the High National Electoral Commission office in the [southern] city of Sebha,” a statement by the commission said on Sunday.
Gaddafi who had been out of public sight for the past decade, resurfaced for the first time on Sunday to register as a candidate for the December 24 poll expected to help end the years of chaos since his father was toppled.
According to report, after years in hiding, the son of Libya’s former ruler has said he wants to restore unity to Libya after a decade of conflict following the uprising that swept his father from power in 2011.
But as things stand, the elections scheduled for Dec. 24 may not take place. The vote is still in doubt as rival entities quarrel over election rules and schedule.
Colonel Gaddafi’s era ended when he was assassinated in 2011 during an uprising that triggered decade of conflicts in the North African country.