Libya: candidacy of son of Gaddafi in presidential election rejected

Saïf al-Islam Gaddafi, who had applied on November 14, is among the 25 candidates whose records were rejected, according to a statement of the High Electoral Commission.

Le Monde with AFP

Its irruption will ultimately complicate, not the preparations for the poll. The Electoral Commission in Libya announced, Wednesday, November 24, having rejected the candidacy of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the former dictator, to the presidential election scheduled for 24 December.

Wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for “crimes against humanity”, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who had applied on 14 November, is among the 25 candidates whose records were rejected, according to a Communiqué of the High Electoral Commission (HNEC).

The HNEC explained to reject these applications on the basis of several legislation, as well as letters sent to it by the Attorney General, the Head of the Police Criminal Brigade and the President of the Directorate. Passports and nationality.

98 candidates, including two women

To the general surprise and then we did not know where he was in recent times, Saif al-Islam, 49, had submitted his file to Sebha, one of the three centers for submitting applications, with Tripoli and Benghazi. At the end of July, Saïf al-Islam had mentioned, during an interview at New York Times, It’s possible Back on the political scene.

Culving a laborious process sponsored by the UN, the presidential election of 24 December and the legislative election provided for a month later are supposed to turn the page of a decade of chaos and fratricidal struggles since the fall of the regime of Mouammar Gaddafi, killed in 2011 during a popular revolt.

The HNEC announced Tuesday, the next day of the filing of the applications, that 98 candidates, including two women, had submitted their file to run the position of Head of State.

Among the most prominent candidates still appear on Marshal Khalifa Hafta, who de facto control is and part of the South Libyan, the former Minister of the Interior, Fathi Bachagha, and the head of government Interim, Abdel Hamid Dbeibah. The records of these three were validated by HNEC, she announced on Wednesday.

/Media reports.