Kadafi’s son calls Libya government inept
SHANGHAI — A son of Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi who is seen as a potential successor to his father accused Libya’s government of ineptitude Wednesday, highlighting splits within the oil exporter’s ruling elite.
Saif Islam Kadafi leads a reformist camp in Libya that is locked in a struggle for influence with an old guard, including senior figures within his father’s entourage.
He attacked the government after visiting the Libyan pavilion at the World Expo, an international exhibition, in Shanghai.
Saif, who holds no official post, said he personally oversaw Libya’s display at the Expo because the government failed to take sufficient interest.
“The Libyan government did not even bother to send a junior employee to attend Libya’s day at the exhibition,” he said. “That shows that there is no state in Libya.”
The nation, home to Africa’s largest proven oil reserves, has been led by Moammar Kadafi for more than 40 years, longer than any other living leader on the continent.
Saif played a crucial role in negotiating the end of international sanctions on Libya after the country renounced its banned weapons program.
Since then he has been lobbying for the country to modernize.
Many analysts say he is the most likely candidate to be Libya’s next leader.