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Gaddafi’s son wants Libya presidential elections “as soon as possible”

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

BENGHAZI – Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the fugitive son of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, supports holding presidential elections as soon as possible, a representative said, criticizing the United Nations envoy, Ghassan Salamé, to Libya for his proposal to hold the vote only by year-end.

“Any delay creates more problems,” Mohamed al-Qailoushi, an aide to Saif al-Islam, told Bloomberg by phone on Saturday. “The only solution is elections: if you maintain the current political situation, that is not in the Libyan people’s interests.”

The question whether to be a presidential candidate “is a personal decision for Saif al-Islam,” said his aide, al-Qailoushi, who declined to comment on Gaddafi’s whereabouts.

Ghassan Salamé proposed that a national conference be held in first weeks of 2019 during his Security Council briefing in early November last year. He said that the electoral process should commence in the Spring of 2019 following the conference.

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