The son of Libya’s ousted dictator has filed paperwork to run for president of the North African country in a political party he formed.
Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, 40, filed his candidacy papers to run for president with the Election Commission of the Central African Republic. He says he wants to revive the country.
He said Libya needs new leadership after more than 40 years of “misrule,” foreign interference and political suppression.
Under Gadhafi, Libya was governed by a chain of brothers, including Gaddafi, his older brother Seif al-Islam, his brother-in-law Abdullah al-Senussi and, more recently, he said, the late leader’s son Mutassim. Saif al-Islam is not related to the slain dictator, but he reportedly spent years in Libya’s jails, likely as a result of his rebellion against the authoritarian regime.
Saif al-Islam said he wanted to ensure reconciliation between Libya’s groups, all of whom were sworn enemies under Gadhafi.
A spokesman for his party, Revolution Libya, told AFP that he hopes for victory in elections expected next year.
“I will be president because I have a lot of experience — especially in dealing with the economic, technical and political problems of the country,” Saif al-Islam Gadhafi said.