Son of deposed Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi makes surprise presidential bid

Nasser al-Majer, the youngest son of deposed Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi, made his surprise run for president of the North African country. He will seek the nomination of a new political movement, Libya’s First Generation, which is targeting the former Gadhafi regime insiders.

If nominated, Majer says he will run for the presidency in the presidential election scheduled for May or June. Majer lost an initial bid to be the prime minister of Libya in 2017, but could potentially pose a strong challenger to the track record of the country’s new government.

His brother Mohammed Gadhafi was among those who fled the country and was captured by an uprising in 2014 and was later sentenced to death. His half brother, Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, is reportedly currently in the custody of the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands.

Majer has picked a campaign slogan to call for national unity in Libya: “Under one flag — we unite, we rise.”

“The Libyan people have not been united despite suffering since the revolt. It is time to make a truly national government that has both national and local representation,” he said in a statement.

The current Libyan leader, Fayez al-Sarraj, was elected into office as part of a U.N.-backed government. Though much has been accomplished since the end of the battle for Libya’s capital city of Tripoli in 2017, the North African country is still struggling to establish stability.

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