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Libya: Ten things to know about Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, the ‘favourite son’

By Jihâd Gillon
Posted on Wednesday, 29 December 2021 16:43

Seif el-Islam Gaddafi registers to participate in the presidential election in Sebha, southern Libya. (Libyan High National Electoral Commission FB Page)

Despite Libya's elections being once again postponed, candidate Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, often referred to as 'the favourite son', presents himself as a provincial man up for the job. Here are ten things you should know about the son of the former longtime ruler, Muammar Gaddafi.

1. Returnee

Arrested in 2011, Seif al-Islam Gaddafi spent most of the last ten years near Zintan (north-western Libya), the town of origin of the revolutionary brigade which arrested him. Officially released in 2016, he waited until July 2021 to announce his return to political life in The New York Times.

2. Imbroglio

Still being claimed by the International Criminal Court for his role in the 2011 crackdown, he was nearly barred from running because of his criminal record.