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Seif al-Islam Gadhafi
Arabic: sayf al-islām mu¢ammar 'al-qadhdhāfī



Seif al-Islam Gadhafi
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Seif al-Islam Gadhafi addressing the Libyan people February 2011.

Seif al-Islam Gadhafi addressing the Libyan people February 2011.

(Born 1972) Second son of Mu'ammar Gadhafi, the leader of Libya. By family he is a central political figure
He is both educated as an architect, a profession he practices, and in economy. He has appeared repeatedly as a modern, democratic voice in the Libyan elite, which has caused tension with his father.
Active in the field of improving Libya's international relations, he still has brought uncertainty about the central issue of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, claiming that Libya only admitted guilt to remove international sanctions. He has also been active in demanding compensation for Italy's 40 years of colonialism, but has never made any claims on Turkey for the Ottoman colonialism over 390 years.
He is unmarried.

Biography
1972 June 25: Born as son of Libyan leader, Mu'ammar Gadhafi and his second wife, Safia Farkash.
1997: Founds his own charity program, which would become active in several fields, both work on HIV and in improving Libya's international relations.
2008 August: Declares that he no longer will be active in state affairs, but also expressed his opposition to the concept of him succeeding his father as leader of Libya.
2011 February 20: Goes on Libyan TV warning that the ongoing demonstations could well throw the country out into a civil war. The footage is shown across the world, effectively becoming his debut in world politics. He also promised reforms to Libya, expressing that the unrest was instigated by foreign interests, Islamists and tribal factions.




By Tore Kjeilen