The son of Libya’s longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi has been given the go-ahead to run in the country’s upcoming presidential election this month

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi’s lawyer, Khaled al-Zaydi, confirmed to Al Jazeera on Thursday that the court in Sebha accepted his client’s appeal, lodged earlier in the day.

In the rare interview, Gaddafi said he wanted to “restore the lost unity” of Libya after a decade of chaos.

25 candidates have been rejected by the elections board last week on legal grounds as well as information from officials.

He is a figurehead for Libyans still loyal to the former government of his father, whose toppling and death in 2011 heralded a decade of strife.