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Muammar al-Qaddafi’s son to run for Libyan president

Seif al-Islam Kadhafi, son of the late Libyan leader, Muammar Kadhafi, on Sunday registered to run in the country’s December presidential polls, the electoral commission said.


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

The electoral commission added that Seif al-Islam had completed “all the required legal conditions” and that he has been issued a voter registration card for the Sebha district.

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 Muammar Kadhafi in 2011. Libya opened registration for candidates on Monday.

Seif al-Islam is one of the most prominent figures expected to run for president, a list that also includes renegade eastern commander Khalifa Haftar, Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah and parliament speaker Aguila Saleh.

Seif al-Islam, 49, 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.

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