Libya on Wednesday has disqualified Gadafi’s son Seif al-Islam Gadhafi from running for president. This happened when elections are to be held next month, citing his previous convictions.
Seif al-Islam had been sentenced to death by a Tripoli court in 2015. He was accused of using violence against protesters in a 2011 uprising against his father, but that ruling has since been called into question by Libya’s rival authorities. He is also wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity related to the uprising.
Libya’s top electoral body named Seif al-Islam Gadhafi on a list of ineligible candidates. However, he can appeal this decision in court in the coming days.
Libya is preparing to hold the first presidential elections on Dec. 24, after years of U.N.-led government attempts to usher in a more democratic future and end the country’s civil war.
The son of Libya’s former president submitted his candidacy papers in the southern town of Sabha on Nov. 14. This was the first time in years that the 49-year-old appeared in public.
The announcement of his possible candidacy stirred controversy across the country, where a number of other high-profile candidates have also emerged in recent weeks. Among them are powerful military commander Khalifa Hifter and the country’s interim prime minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah.
The long-awaited vote still faces challenges, including unresolved issues over laws governing the elections, and occasional infighting among armed groups. Other obstacles include the deep rift that remains between the country’s east and west and the presence of thousands of foreign fighters and troops.