Sief Al Islam Gaddafi Registers For The Libyan Presidential Polls 

Published November 14th, 2021 - 12:42 GMT
Saif al-Islam Al Gaddafi
Saif al-Islam Al Gaddafi (twitter)

ALBAWABA - Saif al-Islam, the son of Libya's former leader Muammar Gaddafi, has just registered as a candidate for the upcoming presidential elections in Libya that will be held on December 24.

Sief al-Islam is number 10 to officially register for the coming polls. He will be competing against the likes of  Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh, the current Prime Minister of the present unity government and Khalifa Haftar, the self-proclaimed "Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army which takes its base in Benghazi, east of the country.

According to the Anadolu news agency Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of former Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi, submitted his application on Sunday to run in Libya’s upcoming presidential election.

Libya’s presidential and parliamentary elections are set to take place on Dec. 24 under an UN-sponsored agreement reached by Libyan political rivals during meetings in Tunisia on Nov. 15, 2020, The Turkish news agency reports. 

The oil-rich country’s electoral commission on Nov. 8 opened registration for candidates in the polls despite ongoing tensions between the parliament, the High Council of State, and the unity government regarding electoral powers and laws, it adds. 

The 49-year-old first appeared on the Libyan scene last August when to the surprise of everyone said he could very well  be standing for the 24 December polls. He then told a New York Times writer and as quoted in Al Bawaba  “I’ve been away from the Libyan people for 10 years. You need to come back slowly. Like striptease. You need to play with their minds a little.” Like father like son. With these words, Sief Al Islam appears to be much like his father: Antics that shock but makes one listen!

He has supporters, especially from the Libyan tribes who backed his father. These include Al Qadhadhafa, his own tribe, Magarha and Warfalla. And although opinion polls are hard to come by one, a survey suggests 57 percent believe Sief Al Islam would make a good future leader. Further to that, reports suggest rallies were held in the eastern and southern parts of the country like Sirt, Derna, Benghazi and Bani Waleed calling from him to stand for president as quoted by Marwan Asmar in Al Bawaba.

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