Son of Libyan leader says charity to quit politics, rights

A son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi who has been in a power struggle with conservatives in the ruling elite said his charity is withdrawing from political activity.

Son of Libyan leader says charity to quit politics, rights

A son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi who has been in a power struggle with conservatives in the ruling elite said his charity is withdrawing from political activity.

The Gaddafi Foundation is one of the main levers of influence for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who is viewed as a possible successor to his father but has clashed with rivals over his plans to reform the oil exporting country.

"The Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation announced that it will withdraw from work in the political sphere and all the issues connected to political reform and human rights," the charity said in a statement.

"It will redouble its efforts to carry out its core duties of development and charitable work ... by offering assistance and relief to people in need, primarily in the countries of Africa," said the Arabic-language statement.

The statement said the foundation's board had taken the decision because activities with political overtones were casting a shadow on the charity's humanitarian work.

A long-running turf war between Saif al-Islam and powerful conservatives, including some in his father's entourage, has escalated in the past few months.

Twenty journalists working for a news agency which he controls were briefly arrested, and the agency later said it was shutting down its reporting operation in Libya, alleging police harassment.


Reuters

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