Kadafi’s son calls Libya govern­ment in­ept

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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.

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