The son of deceased Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, Seif al-Islam, submitted paperwork to run for Libya’s presidential election next month.
Seif al-Islam spent five years in prison after being captured during the Libyan revolution that topped his father from power. Apparently, he spent that time preparing a return to power.
This upcoming election will be an important stepping stone for Libya, which has been wracked by conflict ever since the Arab spring led to Gadhafi’s death.
What effect the son of the infamous dictator running in the race will have is yet to be seen.
Furthermore, it is unknown what chance Seif al-Islam stands of actually winning the presidential election. It would be a safe assumption to say that he will have an uphill battle thanks to his father’s legacy.
Seif al-Islam won’t have to just shed his father’s legacy; he will also have to make amends for his own actions. Seif al-Islam’s support for brutal crackdowns on protestors certainly won’t have been quickly forgotten by Libyans.
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