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World Libya fighters disrupt Gaddafi son's election appeal

21:31  25 november  2021
21:31  25 november  2021 Source:   reuters.com

East Libya strongman Haftar says to run for president

  East Libya strongman Haftar says to run for president The strongman in the east of war-scarred Libya, Khalifa Haftar, said Tuesday he would run for president in a December 24 election that is also set to be contested by a son of former dictator Moamer Kadhafi. His announcement comes two days after the candidacy of Seif al-Islam Kadhafi -- the son of slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi -- who has been accused of war crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Both are controversial figures. Haftar, backed by Russia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, is despised by many in western Libya and has been accused of seeking to establish a military dictatorship.

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - A lawyer for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of Libya's late dictator, said armed men had prevented him lodging an appeal on Thursday against his client's disqualification from next month's presidential election, adding to fears of turmoil around the vote.

FILE PHOTO: Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, attends a hearing behind bars in a courtroom in Zintan © Reuters/Stringer . FILE PHOTO: Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, attends a hearing behind bars in a courtroom in Zintan

Disputes about issues including the eligibility of candidates are threatening to derail the election, set for Dec. 24, and with it a U.N.-backed peace process aimed at ending a decade of chaos since Muammar Gaddafi was toppled.

Libya's Haftar, field marshal with eye on presidency

  Libya's Haftar, field marshal with eye on presidency Khalifa Haftar, who on Tuesday announced his bid to become president of Libya, has spent much of the past decade leading military campaigns but now seeks power through the ballot box after a humiliating defeat at the gates of Tripoli. The field marshal, whose white hair contrasts with a dark moustache and eyebrows, has been a controversial but key player in Libya since it spiralled into chaos with the revolt against longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011. A month after the revolt began, Haftar returned from two decades of exile in the United States, basing himself in the eastern city of Benghazi.That October, Kadhafi was tortured and killed by rebels.

Interference by fighters from any faction will further undermine confidence in a vote that many Libyans want, but that has also triggered fears of new conflict.

Late on Wednesday, the elections commission disqualified Saif al-Islam and 24 others out of a field of 98 presidential hopefuls, subject to appeals.

Libya's judiciary will have the final say on the list of candidates, the commission and U.N. Libya envoy Jan Kubis both said on Wednesday.

Gaddafi's lawyer, Khaled al-Zaidi, said in a video that armed men had raided the court in the southern city of Sebha, one of only three registration centres, and stopped him entering to lodge his client's appeal against disqualification.

The Justice Ministry in Tripoli said in a statement on its social media pages that an armed group had forced everyone to leave the court building.

Libya's PM Dbeibah registers for presidential bid: state TV

  Libya's PM Dbeibah registers for presidential bid: state TV Libya's interim premier Abdulhamid Dbeibah registered his candidacy Sunday for next month's presidential election, official media said, joining a list that includes a son of slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi. Libya's first ever direct presidential poll, due on December 24, comes as the UN seeks to end a decade of violence in the oil-rich nation since a NATO-backed uprising that toppled and killed Kadhafi in 2011. Dbeibah signed documents at the HNEC electoral commission in the capital Tripoli, in footage broadcast live by state television, the day before the deadline for registration.

Sebha is under the control of a group allied to the eastern-based Libyan National Army force commanded by Khalifa Haftar, another of the main candidates in the election.

Gaddafi's candidacy was rejected on the basis of his conviction in absentia in 2015 by a court in Tripoli for war crimes committed during the fighting that ousted his father in 2011.

He has spent the past decade in the mountain town of Zintan, where his captors took him after he was seized trying to flee Libya during the uprising, and would almost certainly be arrested if he went to Tripoli.

Also on Thursday, the Supreme Judicial Council reversed a ruling it had made only days ago and said that appeals over eligibility for the election could only be lodged in the district where the candidate had registered.

Analysts said the judiciary's ruling would also make it very hard to lodge demands to disqualify candidates who were initially passed as eligible if, like Haftar, they have armed forces that control the area.

(Reporting by Libya Reuters newsroom, writing by Angus McDowall; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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