Libya: Gaddafi’s son disqualified from running in elections

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Libya’s election commission announced tonight (Wednesday) that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of former Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi, will not be able to run in the December 24 presidential election. However, it was said that Gaddafi would be able to appeal the decision.

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As you may recall, Gaddafi Jr. was registered as a candidate in the presidential election two weeks ago – despite an international arrest warrant from the criminal court in The Hague, due to his involvement in the war his father waged against the rebels in Libya a decade ago. The Election Commission did not address the reasons that led to Gaddafi’s disqualification, but the country estimates that this is the main reason for the move – mainly because the election was promoted by the UN to put an end to the country’s civil war.

Following Gaddafi’s disqualification, the list of candidates now includes incumbent Prime Minister ‘Abd al-Hamid al-Dabeiba, parliamentary speaker Agila Saleh and East Libya’s army leader General Khalifa Hefter.

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