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Rejection of the candidacy of Gaddafi’s son for the presidential elections in Libya

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Wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity, Seif al-Islam Kadhafi, who had presented his candidacy on November 14, is among the 25 candidates whose applications were rejected, according to a press release from the High Electoral Commission (HNEC).

The HNEC explained that it had rejected these applications on the basis of several legal texts as well as letters addressed to it by the public prosecutor, the head of the criminal police squad and the president of the Department of Passports and Nationality.

To everyone’s surprise and while we did not know where he was lately, Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, 49, presented his case to Sebha, in the south of the country, one of the three application centers. , with Tripoli, in the west, and Benghazi, in the east.

At the end of July, Seif al-Islam had mentioned in an interview with New York Times his possible return to the political scene.

The culmination of a laborious process sponsored by the UN, the presidential election of December 24 and the legislative elections scheduled for a month later are supposed to turn the page on a decade of chaos and fratricidal struggles since the fall of the slain Muammar Gaddafi regime. in 2011 during a popular revolt.

Muammar Gaddafi holds a small book in his left hand and gestures with his right hand while speaking.

Muammar Gaddafi at the United Nations on September 23, 2009

Photo: Getty Images / Jeff Zelevansky

The HNEC announced Tuesday, the day after the closing of the submission of candidatures, that 98 candidates, including two women, had submitted their files to run for the post of head of state.

Among the most prominent candidates are Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who de facto controls eastern and part of southern Libya, the influential ex-Minister of the Interior, Fathi Bachagha, and the head of the interim government, Abdelhamid. Dbeibah. The files of the latter three have been validated by the HNEC, she announced Wednesday.

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