Gaddafi’s son can run for president again (Libyan court)


Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, who was recently disqualified, could run for president again under a Libyan court ruling, his lawyer said, as arguments intensified over the conduct of an election aimed at ending to a decade of unrest.

Al-Islam Gaddafi, son of assassinated dictator Muammar Gaddafi, had filed an appeal against the disqualification for the December 24 elections and was delayed for several days as fighters blocked the court, one of many incidents that could foreshadow wider electoral unrest.

In another incident on Thursday, the electoral commission said gunmen stormed five electoral centers in western Libya, stealing ballots.

Analysts fear that a contested vote, or one with blatant violations, could derail a peace process that has led this year to the formation of a unity government in an attempt to bridge the warring faction divide. East and West.

A final slate of election candidates has yet to be released amid a chaotic appeal process after the election commission initially disqualified 25 of 98 presidential candidates.

Gaddafi, who was sentenced to death by a Tripoli court in absentia in 2015 for war crimes committed during the failed battle to save his father’s 40-year rule from a NATO-backed uprising , is one of the many contenders who divide the race.

He is a leading figure among Libyans still loyal to his father’s former government, whose overthrow and death in 2011 heralded a decade of conflict. After his lawyer announced the decision, his supporters celebrated on the streets of Sabha, witnesses said.

However, many other Libyans, including the armed groups who hold the balance of power in all parts of the country, see his presence at the polls as unacceptable after the bloody struggle to oust his father.

The blockade of the Sebha court this week by fighters allied with eastern coup leader General Khalifa Haftar indicated the potential chaos the planned election could unleash with armed groups supporting or opposing rival candidates.

Haftar, whose Libyan National Army (LNA) controls much of eastern and southern Libya, is also running for election. However, the LNA said units allied with it were protecting the tribunal rather than blocking it.


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