Libya election commission says Saif Gaddafi ineligible to run


Libya’s election commission has said that Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the former ruler Muammar Gaddafi and a major candidate in December’s planned presidential election, is in-eligible to run.

Gaddafi was one of 25 candidates disqualified in an initial decision by the commission citing legal reasons, pending an appeal process that will ultimately be decided by the judiciary.

Gaddafi, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court ICC for alleged war crimes and murder committed when his father ruled the North African country, sparked controversy after he announced he would run for president.

Disputes over the election rules, including the legal basis of the vote and who should be eligible to stand, threaten to derail an internationally backed peace process aimed at ending a decade of factional chaos.

Some of the other candidates initially approved by the commission had also been accused of possible violations by political rivals.

Interim Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah promised not to run for president as a condition of taking on his present role, and did not stand down from it three months before the vote as is required by a contested election law.

Another prominent candidate, eastern-based renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar, is said to have United States nationality, 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 has described as “flawed” the election rules issued in September by the parliamentary speaker Aguila Saleh, who is also a candidate.

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