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Ali Zeidan claims best chance for change after his father quit in 2011
Libya’s former international airport deputy general manager, the son of the former Libyan ruler Moamer Gadhafi, has formally declared his intention to run for president in the country’s elections.
Ali Zeidan said in a statement he “had chosen this path for change”.
The statement said he would wage a campaign focused on the conflict in the eastern city of Benghazi and human rights issues. He made no mention of his family heritage.
Libya is holding its first election in seven years, during which the region has become an incubator for Islamic militancy and violence, reviving memories of the uprising that toppled Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.
Those elections are designed to widen the field of potential candidates while also giving anti-Gadhafi parties an opportunity to enter parliament.
Gadhafi’s heir-apparent, Saif al-Islam, was last seen in public in 2012 before he was captured by fighters in the east. He is on trial for crimes against humanity and has been held at a naval base since.
Since the NATO-backed civil war that toppled Gadhafi, Libya has grappled with turmoil, with armed factions battling for power and oil wealth.
The UN-backed government, based in the east, is struggling to impose its authority over the capital, Tripoli, and other areas that are run by local factions.