Gaddafists rally forces as Libya yearns for stability
In an interesting analysis piece for Middle East Eye, Mathieu Galtier discusses the apparent revival of the Gaddafists in Libya. He mentions that the new Libya Envoy Ghassan Salame said that the political reconstruction process “may include” Saif al-Islam but argues that the Gaddafi camp have been back on the Libyan stage for some time now, not on account of Salame’s words but rather on account of what is being said and done in Tripoli.
“The Gaddafists who have no blood on their hands have done less harm to Libya than the revolutionaries who facilitated the arrival of terrorists or who resorted to kidnapping,” said Hashim Bishir, the security advisor to the UN-recognised prime minister of Libya, Fayez al-Sarraj. The former president of the Supreme Security Council, the Salafist-leaning militia that secured Tripoli in the aftermath of the revolution, told MEE that he saw nothing wrong with the eventual candidacy of the rabble-rousing Bachir Saleh, who was at the head of an investment fund while Gaddafi was president.
Then there is what is being done, such as the sumptuous dinner shared by former Gaddafists and their families recently at a luxury seaside resort. The dinner guests included five leading figures at the centre of the green resurgence: Saadi Gaddafi (Saif al-Islam’s brother), Abdullah Senussi (former military intelligence chief), Baghdadi Mahmudi (former secretary of the General People’s Committee), Mansour Dhao (former chief of security) and Abouzed Dorda (former secretary of foreign affairs).
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