Libyan Election Commission Says Saif Gaddafi Ineligible | Elections News
Son of the former leader among 25 of the 98 registered presidential candidates disqualified from running in the December 24 elections.
The Libyan electoral commission said Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of former leader Muammar Gaddafi, was not eligible to run in the country’s presidential election scheduled for December.
Gaddafi was one of 25 candidates disqualified by the commission on Wednesday, in an initial decision pending an appeal process which will ultimately be decided by the courts. Some 98 Libyans had registered as candidates.
The Tripoli military prosecutor had urged the commission to dismiss Gaddafi after his conviction in absentia for war crimes in 2015 for his role in the fight against the uprising that removed his late father in 2011.
Gaddafi at the time appeared via video link from Zintan where he was being held by fighters who captured him as he tried to escape Libya after his father was toppled. He denied any wrongdoing.
Two other well-known candidates, Ali Zeidan and Nouri Abusahmain, were also excluded.
Disputes over electoral rules, including the legal basis for the Dec. 24 vote and which should be eligible, threaten to derail an internationally-backed peace process aimed at ending a decade of chaos.
Some of the other candidates initially approved by the committee had also been accused of possible violations by political rivals.
Acting Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah has vowed not to run for president as a condition for assuming his current role, and has not stepped down three months before the vote as required by a contested election law.
Another prominent candidate, the renegade eastern-based military commander Khalifa Haftar, is said to have American citizenship, which could also rule him out. Many people in western Libya also accuse him of war crimes committed during his 2019-20 assault on Tripoli.
Haftar denies war crimes and says he is not a US citizen. Dbeibah described as “flawed” the electoral rules published in September by the president of parliament Aguila Saleh, who is also a candidate.
United Nations envoy to Libya Jan Kubis, who is resigning from his post, told the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday that the Libyan judiciary will make the final decision on the rules and the eligibility of candidates.
Kubis told the Security Council on Wednesday that he would stay in office until after next month’s elections.