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Gadhafi's son announces return to Libyan politics

As soon as Saif al-Islam, the son of late Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi, announced his plan to return to political life, media outlets close to the regime in Egypt rushed to announce their support, thus raising many questions about Egypt’s position and whether Cairo would support him if he runs for the upcoming presidential elections in neighboring Libya.
Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, appears in front of supporters and journalists at his father's residential complex, Tripoli, Libya, Aug. 23, 2011.

CAIRO — Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, son of late Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi, reared his head again, 10 years after his disappearance following the outbreak of popular protests against the Gadhafi regime back in February 2011.

In an interview published by The New York Times Magazine July 30, he revealed his intention to return to political life: "After an awkward silence, I asked Seif if he was still a prisoner. He told me he was a free man and was organizing a political return. The rebels who arrested him a decade ago became disenchanted with the revolution, he said, and eventually realized that he could be a powerful ally. Seif smiled as he described his transformation from captive to prince in waiting. 'Can you imagine?' he said. 'The men who used to be my guards are now my friends.'”

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