Mohammed al-Gaddaf al-Sidi: Qaddafi’s son running for Libya presidency

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mohammed Gaddaf al-Gaddaf al-Sidi lived as a fugitive during the rule of his father, Moammar

The son of former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi is running for the country’s presidency.

Mohammed al-Gaddaf al-Sidi, who was arrested in 2011 and spent six years in solitary confinement at the notorious Abu Salim prison, has run for the office since 2015.

He is running against current prime minister Fayez al-Sarraj and nationalist Khalifa Haftar, who ruled parts of Libya between 1992 and 2007.

The elections for the first post-Gadhafi government are due in May.

Mohammed al-Gaddaf al-Sidi used to work for his father, who ruled Libya for nearly 40 years.

He is part of a diverse camp of former regime officials and rebels opposing the unity government which was set up in Tripoli in 2015.

Mohammed al-Gaddaf al-Sidi’s rise to the presidency comes at a time when Libya is embroiled in deep divisions.

Muammar Gadhafi’s attempts to stay in power after the end of the first Libyan uprising of 2011 was challenged by a militia from the city of Misrata, who overran his hometown of Sirte in a campaign carried out under the cover of a military campaign.

The toppling of Gadhafi ended Libya’s reputation as a model for African stability. He was killed by a popular uprising in October 2011 after four decades in power.

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