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Libya's election commission disqualified Gaddafi's son for the elections

TRIPOLI, LIBYA - NOVEMBER 19: People gather to protest against the candidacy application of Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, the son of former Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi and Khalifa Haftar for upcoming presidential election in Tripoli, Libya on November 19, 2021. ( Hazem Turkia - Anadolu Agency )
People gather to protest against the candidacy application of Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, the son of former Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi and Khalifa Haftar for upcoming presidential election in Tripoli, Libya on November 19, 2021. [Hazem Turkia - Anadolu Agency]

Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the former ruler, Muammar Gaddafi, was ineligible to run the upcoming election in December, compounding the turmoil surrounding the vote, Libya's election commission said on Wednesday, Reuters reports.

According to the report, the commission announced the rejection of the candidacy presented by Gaddafi, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes.

Gaddafi was one of 25 candidacies, out of 98, disqualified by the commission to run in the 24 December elections.

Meanwhile, the lawyer of Gaddafi said some armed men in the court had prevented him from lodging a rejection appeal on Thursday.

He said gunmen attacked a Libyan court before an appeal by Gaddafi against the rejection of his presidential election candidacy.

The United Nations Support Mission said it was alarmed by this reported attack by reiterating its call for holding transparent, fair and inclusive elections next month.

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