Egypt secretly backs Gaddafi’s son in Libya elections

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Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi

Egypt is reported to have led covert efforts to support Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, in the upcoming presidential elections in Libya slated for later this year.

According to reports, Egyptian sovereign bodies are overseeing the moves in an attempt to strengthen Saif Al-Islam’s status in the country.

The Al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies quoted sources as saying that Ahmad Qadhaf Al-Dam, Gaddafi’s uncle, has been holding meetings with Libyan tribal leaders in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, in order to mobilise their support for Saif Al-Islam based on understandings supported by the Egyptian General Intelligence Service.

According to the sources, the meetings have paved the way for the organisation of a tribal conference on 7 February in Ras Lanuf, east of Sirte, to discuss the Libyan elections.