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Life on the Run No Bar to Qaddafi Son Leading Libya, Russia Says

  • Putin envoy says Saif al-Islam has right to run for president
  • Qaddafi heir may succeed if political will in Libya: Russia
Saif al-Islam Qaddafi

Saif al-Islam Qaddafi

Photographer: Mahmud Turkia/AFP via Getty Images

The son of deposed Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi has the right to run for president next year despite facing charges of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court, a top Russian official said.

Saif al-Islam, a one-time heir apparent to his father who has leadership ambitions, could become a unifying figure in the oil-rich but chaotic North African state, said Mikhail Bogdanov, the Middle East envoy of President Vladimir Putin. “I think it will depend on their political will” in Libya, he said in an interview in Moscow this week. “The country has practically fallen apart, Libyans find it very hard to talk to each other.”