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Wednesday's Connector – Saif Gadhafi

May 24th, 2010
03:48 PM ET

Saif Gadhafi is the son of controversial Libyan president, Moammar Gadhafi.

Saif Gadhafi answers your questions.

Saif Gadhafi answers your questions.

An architect, he graduated from the London School of Economics with a PhD in 2009.

Despite occupying no official position in the government of Libya, Saif is seen as a powerful player both in the country and abroad. He has performed in numerous public relations and diplomatic roles for his father.  Although he has been mentioned as a possible successor to his father, he says that Libya's future lies in direct democracy.

He also played a central role in efforts to release the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, even accompanying the terminally ill Megrahi back to Tripoli when he was released on compassionate grounds.

Today he runs the Gadafi International Charity and Development Foundation which aims to protect human rights, develop civil society and promote charitable work.