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Libya: Who’s who in Seif al-Islam Gaddafi’s networks of influence?

By Jeune Afrique

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Posted on January 12, 2022 08:11


Libya’s presidential candidate Seif al-Islam Gaddafi has surrounded himself with well-connected men and women who advise him on his communication strategy, justice, lobbying and political stance.

Seif al-Islam Gaddafi

“His candidacy has certainly disrupted the international community’s plans for Libya,” says Anas el-Gomati, director of the Libyan think tank Sadeq Institute. To say that the political return of Muammar Gaddafi’s son last November was a bombshell is an understatement. Many in Libya believe that the presidential election, which was initially scheduled for 24 December, was postponed due to this very reason.

His candidacy, which he declared on 14 November, has quickly given rise to a tug of war with Khalifa Haftar, with whom he competes for more or less the same electorate, that of Libyans who want order to be restored after 10 years of chaos.

“Seif al-Islam Gaddafi enjoys genuine popularity, even though the revolutionaries have not forgotten the repressive role he played in 2011,” says Anas-el-Gomati.

Elsewhere on the continent, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa,

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