Saif al-Islam Gaddafi
Libya’s top electoral body has disqualified Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, son of the country’s dictator Moammar Gadhafi, from running in next month’s presidential elections. . At one time Saif al-Islam was seen as the successor of Moammar Gaddafi. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi’s name is also included in the list of ineligible candidates released by the country’s Higher National Election Committee on Wednesday. Because of this he is not eligible to contest the presidential election. He has the power to appeal to the court against the decision of the committee.
Saif al-Islam was sentenced to death in 2015 by a court in the capital Tripoli. He is accused of using violence against protesters during a demonstration demanding his father Gaddafi’s resignation. However, rival officials in Libya have questioned the decision. Saif al-Islam has also been declared wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity during the 2011 Arab Spring. After years under the leadership of the United Nations, the first round of presidential elections is going to be held in Libya on 24 December.
Political turmoil continues in Libya
At the same time, the top UN envoy for Libya recently resigned from his post due to concerns over the election. However, he said on Wednesday that he was ready to continue in office if needed through a vote. Libya has been in political turmoil since the ouster of Moammar Gaddafi in 2011. In the last decade, Libya has been divided between two opposing governments. One of them is running power from the capital Tripoli, and the other from the eastern part of the country. Due to both the governments, the series of civil war continues in the country and during this time prominent people have also been put to death.
PhD from London School of Economics
Saif, the son of the former Libyan dictator, submitted his candidacy papers in the city of Sabha on 14 November. This was the first time that 49-year-old Saif al-Islam was seen in public after years. The announcement of the possible candidature of Saif al-Islam, who holds a PhD degree from the London School of Economics, sparked controversy across the country. He was captured by fighters in the city of Jintan in late 2011 and then released in 2017. Many high-profile candidates have also appeared to take part in the presidential election.
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