Saif Gaddafi banned from running in Libya’s presidential elections

Saif Gaddafi banned from running in Libya's presidential elections

Saif Gaddafi was prevented from running in the Libyan presidential elections next month. The election commission banned the second son of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi from participating due to previous convictions.

Seif Gaddafi, 49, spent more than five years in prison for war crimes during the 2011 revolution against his father’s rule. In 2017, the Libyan government granted him a pardon. The International Criminal Court wants to try him for crimes against humanity.

Gaddafi, who was seen as the main candidate to succeed his father until 2011, announced a week and a half ago that he candidate. He can still contest the election commission’s decision in the coming days.

General and Provisional Prime Minister

The most controversial candidates will run in the elections on December 24. even made General Haftar He announced last week that he is running for president. The warlord fought for years with his army against the army of the government.

Last year, the two sides reached a ceasefire, and since then Libya has been divided into two power blocs: the UN-recognized government and the territory controlled by Haftar. Haftar receives support from Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Russia, among other countries. The Turkish government is its main ally.

The interim Prime Minister Dabaiba is also running for the elections. He is accused of corruption, among other things. It is alleged that he attained his position through bribery.

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