The disqualification of Muammar Gaddafi’s son to run in the Libyan elections | Saif al-Islam Gaddafi

The Libyan Electoral Commission said on Wednesday that Saif al-Islam Gaddafison of the former ruler and Strong candidate in the presidential elections scheduled for December, ineligible to run, exacerbating the turmoil surrounding the vote.

Gaddafi was one of 25 candidates that the committee disqualified in its initial decision pending an appeal process that will ultimately be decided by the judiciary. Ninety-eight Libyans were registered as candidates.

Disagreements over election rules, including the legal basis for voting and who should be eligible to run, threaten to derail an internationally backed peace process aimed at ending a decade of partisan anarchy.

The military prosecutor in Tripoli had urged the committee to exclude Gaddafi afterwards He was convicted in absentia on charges of war crimes in 2015 For his part, in fighting the revolution that toppled his father, Muammar Gaddafi, in 2011. Gaddafi denied any wrongdoing.

Other candidates initially approved by the commission have also been accused by political opponents of potential violations of election rules.

One candidate, interim Prime Minister Abdel Hamid Dabaiba. He pledged not to run for president as a condition for taking up his current roleHe did not relinquish this role three months before voting, as required by the contested election law.

Another prominent candidate, military commander in the east Khalifa Haftar, is said to have US citizenship, which may also rule him out. Many in western Libya also accuse him of committing war crimes during his 2019-20 offensive on Tripoli. Haftar denies war crimes and says he is not a US citizen.

Dabaiba described election rules issued by Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh in September as “flawed”.

UN Libya enjoy Jan Kubis, who is stepping downThe UN Security Council said on Wednesday that the Libyan judiciary will make the final decision on the rules and whether the candidates are eligible.

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