Saif al-Islam does not wish to apologise for his father’s actions in Libya but would run for office if allowed
The son of Libya’s former ruler, Muammar Gadhafi, who survived an apparent assassination attempt in 2011, will stand for president of the nation in elections due to be held this year, he said on Monday.
“I announce myself as a candidate in the presidential election to be held by June 30 in Libya,” Saif al-Islam Gadhafi told reporters.
“I ask the peoples’ support for me because my father supported me and I am maintaining that support in return,” he said during a news conference broadcast live on national television.
Gadhafi was briefly captured and briefly tried, but fled and was subsequently killed.
The former heir-apparent of the 32-year-old tyrant is held in an unknown location.
In 2012, he escaped a military showdown in Sirte, and was kept under house arrest at an undisclosed location in Libya’s west.
Saif al-Islam, known as Gaddafi’s “colonel”, did not apologise for his father’s actions in Libya.
“What happened was the will of the people of Libya. The man I grew up with is the one who belongs to us and is still us and the rule of one person is over,” he said.
“I am now charged with a historical mission to erase the stain of the corrupted past that I have been subjected to,” said Saif al-Islam.
“I do not make offers of apology for the past in Libya. What is good is Gaddafi and what is bad is him,” he said.