Gadaffi’s son joins presidential race

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Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of former Libyan leader, Moamer Gaddafi, has indicated interest to contest the country’s December presidential polls.

“Seif al-Islam Kadhafi submitted his candidacy for the presidential election to the High National Electoral Commission office in the (southern) city of Sebha,” a statement by the electoral commission said.

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It said he had completed “all the required legal conditions” and that he was also issued with a voter registration card for the Sebha district.

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Libya’s first ever direct presidential poll, with a first round on December 24, is the climax of a process launched last year by the United Nations to draw a line under years of violence since the revolt that toppled dictator Gaddafi in 2011.

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Libya opened registration for candidates on Monday.

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In a rare interview, he said he wanted to “restore the lost unity” of Libya after a decade of chaos and did not exclude standing for the presidency.

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The dictator’s erstwhile heir apparent is wanted for crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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Until the interview, Seif al-Islam had not been seen or heard from since June 2014, when he appeared via video link from Zintan, in the west of the country, during his trial by a Tripoli court. (AFP)

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