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Libya’s electoral commission rejects candidacy of Gaddafi’s son

Libya’s electoral commission rejects candidacy of Gaddafi’s son

dpa
Tripoli
A son of deceased dictator Moamer Gaddafi did not make the cut to run in upcoming presidential election, Libya’s electoral commission ruled on Wednesday.
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, whose father ruled the country for decades, was one of 25 candidates who failed to meet the criteria required of those standing for election, according to the commission on Wednesday. It cited his past criminal conviction.
Rejected candidates may appeal the decision.
In 2011, the younger Gaddafi supported the brutal suppression of protests against his father, who was later killed. He was accused of calling for the killing of peaceful protesters.
The International Criminal Court has been demanding his extradition since 2014, to stand trial for crimes against humanity. In 2015, he was sentenced to death in absentia by a court in Tripoli.
Gaddafi filed his candidacy 10 days ago, appearing in public for the first time in years.
The presidential elections, due on December 24, are part of a UN-backed plan to end a decade of chaos in Libya. Parliamentary elections have been pushed to mid-February.
However it is not clear whether the election will go ahead as scheduled, amid ongoing disputes.
Libya has been in turmoil since the 2011 overthrow of Gaddafi and has become a battleground for rival proxy forces that has drawn in foreign powers.

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