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Gaddafi-era loyalists to play key role in Libya’s upcoming elections

The release from prison this week of the son of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is a sign that Libya is headed toward profound changes beyond the current conflict.

Al-Saadi al-Gaddafi, 48, who was accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity, was acquitted and released Sunday.

The Presidential Council announced that "the recent releases of political prisoners in Libya come within the framework of national reconciliation," which was officially launched Sept. 6.

The statement asserts that the release took place within a political context but was given a "judicial" character, which drops all charges against him, and restores his political rights, including the right to run for elections, especially since the Presidential Council implicitly described him as a "political prisoner."

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