Libya: the Court of Appeal reinstates the candidacy of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi for the presidential election

Saif al-Islam Kadhafi (on the left) came to submit his candidacy for the presidential election to the Libyan High Electoral Commission.

Sunday November 14, 2021. AFP - STRINGER

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While the Election Authority had rejected the candidacy of Gaddafi's son for the Libyan presidential election, the Court of Appeal reviewed this decision.

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is therefore competing again for the post of president. 

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The son of the former dictator Muammar Gaddafi will finally be able to stand for the presidential election scheduled for December 24.

On Thursday, the Sebha Court of Appeal in the south of the country ordered the reinstatement of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi as a candidate.

He appealed earlier in the day after the rejection of his candidacy by the High Electoral Commission at the end of November.

Gaddafi's son was not the only one concerned.

At the end of November, the electoral authority rejected 25 candidacies, including its own for

non-compliance with the electoral law

because it stipulates that a candidate must present a clean criminal record extract.

However, in 2011, Saif al-Islam was sentenced to death for having suppressed the revolt against the regime of his close, before benefiting from an amnesty.

Blocked by Khalifa Haftar supporters

For ten days, he tried to appeal the rejection of his candidacy, but was prevented

from

doing so

by supporters of Khalifa Haftar

, the strongman from the east of the country, who blocked access to the court.

It was therefore only Thursday morning that the candidate's lawyer was able to enter the building and file an appeal.

The candidacy of the son Gaddafi

created surprise in the country.

The man with the salt and pepper beard and wearing prescription glasses had completely disappeared from public life for several years.

The day after his announcement, voices were raised to denounce the candidacy of the man described as a war criminal and called for a boycott of the ballot.

See also: At the UN, Niger's doubts about the Libyan presidential election

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