Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, son of Libya’s late dictator Muammar Gaddafi on Sunday, registered as a presidential candidate for the December polls planned to help end the years of chaos since his father was toppled.
This is the first time he appeared in public in a decade.
Saif al-Islam, 49, appeared in an electoral commission video signing documents at the election centre in the southern town of Sebha.
Gaddafi will be running alongside prominent and controversial figures such as the eastern military commander Khalifa Haftar, Prime Minister Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah and parliament speaker Aguila Saleh for the December 24 elections.
Saif al-Islam was educated at the London School of Economics and a fluent English speaker.
He was once seen by many governments as the acceptable, Western-friendly face of Libya, and a possible heir apparent.
As Saif al-Islam was seized by fighters from the mountainous Zintan region while he tried to flee Libya for Niger after his father, Muammar al-Gadaffi was captured outside his hometown of Sirte by opposition fighters in October 2011 and summarily shot.
But when a rebellion broke out in 2011 against Muammar Gaddafi’s long rule, Saif al-Islam immediately chose family and clan loyalties over his many friendships in the West.
Analysts say he may not prove to be a front runner because the Gaddafi era is still remembered by many Libyans as one of harsh autocracy.
In 2015, Saif al-Islam was tried in absentia in 2015 by a Tripoli court and sentenced to death for war crimes including killing protesters during the 2011 revolt.
He is wanted by the International Criminal Court.