Libyans are already fed up with the failed governance of puppet government in Tripoli with the country’s economy in dire condition and entire country turned into jihadist battleground. They already are seeing Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi as the next president of the country. But Americans are not ready to accept Saif al-Islam Gaddafi as Libya’s next president, despite the fact of their recent humiliating defeat in Afghanistan and leaving the Afghans under the mercy of Taliban jihadists. Writes Nasser Afzal
The US Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Joey Hood, has said that the world has a problem with the presidential bid of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi in the upcoming general elections on December 24 in Libya.
Hood added in an interview on the US-based Al-Hurra TV that the Libyan people decide who runs for president but the problem is that Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi is one of the war criminals who are subject to United Nations and US sanctions.
Well, for America is easy to brand anyone as war criminal, and their comment about Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi as “one of the war criminals” only shows the desperation of the Biden administration and US intelligence establishment in stopping Libya being liberated from the grips of the western puppets.
Meanwhile, after nine years of detention, Libyan authorities have released Saadi Gaddafi, son of the former leader Muammar Gaddafi. On his release, Saadi Gaddafi immediately departed Libya on a plane to Turkey.
During the 2011 uprising, Saadi Gaddafi fled for Niger but was extradited to Libya in 2014 and has been imprisoned in Tripoli ever since.
The former professional footballer was accused of crimes committed against protesters in 2011 and of killing Libyan football coach Bashir al-Rayani in 2005.
He was acquitted of al-Rayani’s murder in April 2018.
A source at the prosecutor’s office told the AFP news agency that “the chief prosecutor asked, several months ago, for the execution of the decision relating to Saadi Gaddafi as soon as all the required conditions had been satisfied”.
He was free to stay in the country or leave, the source added.
Libya has suffered chaos, division and violence in the 10 years since the murder of Muammar Gaddafi.
Meanwhile, on September 2, 2021, Saif al Islam Gaddafi announced that he would run in the presidential election to be held on 24 December.
Afrigate quotes a source a close to supporters of the former Gaddafi regime as saying that Saif Al-Islam’s announcement had come on the 52nd anniversary of the Al-Fateh Revolution – the 1969 Libyan coup carried out against the late Libyan King Muhammad Idris Al-Senussi.
The advisor of the Libyan Tribal Union (LTU), Khalifa Al-Ghweil, also told the news website that Saif Al-Islam would make an official statement “soon,” noting that he had announced his intention to run for Libya’s presidency in a press conference in Tunisia in 2018.
According to experts of Libyan affairs, Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi is seen as the savior of the nation by majority of the people of the country. He definitely is going to emerge as one of the most prospective candidates of winning a landslide during the December 24 election.
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi graduated with a bachelor of science degree in engineering science from Tripoli’s Al Fateh University in 1994. However, there is another report stating that he is an architect.
He earned an MBA from Vienna’s Imadec business school in 2000.
His paintings made up the bulk of the international Libyan art exhibit, “The Desert is Not Silent” (2002–2005).
In 2005, Gaddafi was awarded a “Young Global Leader” title by the World Economic Forum.
Gaddafi was awarded a PhD degree in 2008 from the London School of Economics, where he attended amid a series of contacts between the school and the Libyan political establishment. He presented a thesis on “The role of civil society in the democratization of global governance institutions: from ‘soft power’ to collective decision-making.
Saif al Islam Gaddafi was the president of the Libyan National Association for Drugs and Narcotics Control (DNAG). In 1998, he founded the official charity, the Gaddafi International Foundation for Charity Associations, which intervened in various hostage situations involving Islamic militants and the crisis of the HIV trial in Libya and the resulting European Union-Libyan rapprochement.
Saif al Islam Gaddafi was instrumental in negotiations that led to Libya’s abandoning a weapons of mass destruction program in 2002–2003. He arranged several important business deals on behalf of the Libyan government in the period of rapprochement that followed. He was viewed as a reformer, who has always been in favor of turning Libya into a democratic nation.