Russia believes Saif Gaddafi can run for Libya’s presidential elections

Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi behind bars attending a trial after his capture in Zintan city [Photo: Archive – Internet]
Russia said Monday it believes that no eligible candidate can be deprived of the right to run in the Libyan presidential election, including Saif Islam Gaddafi, the son of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told Sputnik on Monday.

“We support everyone. We assume that no one can be isolated and excluded from the constructive political process. Therefore, we maintain contacts with all groups in the west, east and south [of Libya],” Bogdanov said, answering the question on whether Gaddafi’s son had asked Moscow for support and whether he would receive it, according to Sputnik.

“Historically, this society is tribal, that is, the position of different tribes is of great importance, so I think that Dr Saif Islam and those who support him, some tribes in certain parts of the country, should be an integral part of the process together with other political parties that are located in Tobruk, Tripoli, Misrata,” the official added.

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