- Muammar Gaddafi’s son announces to contest presidential election in Libya
- Gaddafi’s son appeared in public for the first time after 10 years
- Saif Al Islam studied at London School of Economics
In the African country of Libya, the son of dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi has appeared in public for the first time. After Gaddafi’s death, his son Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi had gone underground. As soon as it surfaced, Gaddafi’s son announced to contest next month’s presidential election in Libya. He also filed his nomination as a presidential candidate.
Gaddafi’s son seen in traditional dress
Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, 49, was seen wearing a traditional brown chola and turban. A video from the Libyan Election Commission showed Gaddafi’s son wearing a half-beard and spectacles signing a nomination paper. There has been chaos in Libya since Gaddafi’s death. The US-backed Libyan government has faced serious allegations of inflation, corruption in the country.
Saif Al Islam is a strong contender for the presidential election
Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi is being touted as the most powerful candidate in the Libyan presidential election. Other candidates contesting the election include former military commander Khalifa Haftar, Prime Minister Abdulhamid al-Dabiba and parliament speaker Aguila Saleh. Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi enjoys a lot of status in Libya. He played a major role in law-making in Libya before the attack by NATO-backed forces in 2011.
Gaddafi’s son studied at the London School of Economics
Voting for the Libyan presidential election will be held on 24 December. For this, preparations are being made across the country from now on. However, many local and foreign bodies have raised doubts about fair elections in Libya. Studied at the London School of Economics, Saif Al Islam speaks fluent English. In such a situation, it can also get the support of Western countries later.
who was Gaddafi
Colonel Gaddafi’s full name was Muammar al-Gaddafi. He was born on 7 June 1942 in the city of Sirte, Libya. At the time of his birth, Libya was a colony of Italy. Libya gained independence in 1951 under the leadership of King Idris, a friend of the West. Gaddafi was greatly influenced by Arab nationalism during his youth. Apart from this, he was also a big fan of Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser. In 1961, Gaddafi entered the Military College in Benghazi. In addition, he received military training for four months in the United Kingdom.
Worked in many positions in the Libyan army
After graduating from military college, Gaddafi served in several high positions in the Libyan army. But, during this time his differences with the administrator Idris started increasing. Later, Gaddafi left the army and joined a group working against the government. On 1 September 1969, under the leadership of rebels, King Idris’s power was overthrown from Libya. At that time Idris was undergoing treatment in Turkey. Gaddafi was then sworn in as the head of the armed forces and chairman of the Revolutionary Command Council.
King Idris was replaced by a new ruler
At the age of 27, he became the ruler of Libya. He took control of the whole country through the army. As soon as he took power, Gaddafi closed American and British military bases in Libya. His order was against the help received by the western army to King Idris. It also ordered that all foreign oil companies operating in Libya share a substantial part of the revenue with the country. Gaddafi replaced the Gregorian calendar with the Islamic calendar and banned the sale of alcohol throughout the country.
People of his own country killed Gaddafi
On 20 October 2011, Libyan authorities reported that Muammar Gaddafi had died in his hometown of Sirte. Preliminary reports said that he was killed with bullets. While others later claimed that he died in a NATO airstrike. A video was also released in which Gaddafi was surrounded by some fighters and he was stained with blood and dust. However, the veracity of this video has not been confirmed.