Saif al -Islam Gadaffi, the son of late Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddaffi is set to contest in the forthcoming presidential elections in the country.
A spokesperson for the Gaddaffi family, Basem al-Hashimi al – Soul told media agencies that Saif- al-Islam has the support and credentials required to end the chaos that has overtaken the oil-rich nation following the overthrow of his father in 2011.
Basem-al-Hashimi revealed that the platform under which Saif al-Islam hopes to actualize his political ambition would soon be unveiled. He said the platform would include some procedures which he hopes the United Nations would adopt to help the country achieve stability.
“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, “Basem al-Hashimi al-Soul said.
“The platform includes some procedures that Saif al-Islam hopes the United Nations would adopt to help Libya move from the incumbent transitional period to stability,” he added.
According to the spokesperson, Saif al-Islam hopes to unify the different factions currently controlling different parts of the country and restore peace and stability in the country which was once prosperous under his father’s rule.
Saif al-Islam was captured in November 2011 following the fall of his father’s regime and was subsequently sentenced to death in absentia by a court in Tripoli for crimes committed against humanity during his father’s unsuccessful attempt to crush the rebellion which eventually pulled him down.
He was released in June this year after close to six years of captivity by a militia group based in the Libyan town of Zintan. Shortly after regaining his freedom, Saif al-Islam was declared wanted by the International Criminal Court, a move which has been lauded by the United Nations-backed Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA).