Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, plans to run for president in the country’s upcoming 2018 elections, the family’s spokesman, Basem al-Hashimi al-Soul, has confirmed. “Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the former Libyan president, enjoys the support of major tribes in Libya so he can run for the upcoming presidential elections due in 2018,” al-Soul told Egypt Today. “Saif al-Islam plans to impose more security and stability in accordance with the Libyan geography and in coordination with all Libyan factions.” Gaddafi was released from prison in June, six years after the NATO-backed uprising which ousted his father and plunged the country, which has now fallen into the hands of warring militias, into anarchy.
The NATO-backed uprising of militant factions in Libya in 2011 resulted in the summary execution of Muammar Gaddafi and plunged the country into a lengthy period of violence and political turbulence. Saif Gaddafi could potentially capitalize on nostalgia for his father’s rule, which was marked by economic prosperity and high standards of social security for ordinary Libyans. A London-educated businessman and presumed heir to his father before 2011, he may also draw on his connections with companies that did business in Libya to drum up foreign political support.