Late Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam BLOCKED from contesting for Libya’s Presidential elections. - hivipundetv.com

TRIPOLI: Libya’s election commission said on Wednesday that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the former ruler and a major candidate in December’s planned presidential election, was ineligible to run, compounding the turmoil surrounding the vote.

Gaddafi was one of 25 candidates the commission disqualified in an initial decision pending an appeals process that will ultimately be decided by the judiciary. Some 98 Libyans registered as candidates.

Disputes over the election rules, including the legal basis of the vote and who should be eligible to stand, threaten to derail an internationally-backed peace process aimed at ending a decade of violent factional chaos.

The commission said Gaddafi was ineligible because he had been convicted of a crime.

A Tripoli court sentenced him to death in absentia in 2015 for war crimes committed during the uprising against his late father Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

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The Libyan Electoral Commission announced on Wednesday that Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of late Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi, is not eligible to run in the presidential elections

The electoral commission says that it has excluded 25 of the 98 registered candidates in the presidential elections scheduled for 24 December.

The committee will announce the complete list of accepted names at a later time.

Former UN envoy to Libya Jan Kubis, who resigned yesterday, has warned that failure to hold the Libyan elections in the determined time would lead to a severe deterioration of the situation and more division and conflict.

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