A court based in Sebha, South-western Libya has overturned the initial decision by the electoral commission, rejecting the candidacy of Saif al-Islam, son of the country’s revolutionary leader Muammar Gaddafi ahead of the highly rated December poll with which the oil-rich country aims to move pass the ruins of the NATO backed uprising in 2011.
Recall that, Libya’s electoral commission earlier announced that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, was ineligible to contest the Presidential seat with the authorities citing a 2015 judgement in absentia which pronounced a death sentence for fighting during the 2011 uprising which toppled his father’s government.
The commission however went on to grant a 48-hour period to Gaddafi and other rejected candidates to appeal the decision. His initial attempts were marred by chaos as militia groups stormed the court yards to prevent his lawyer from filing the appeal. Reports also added that, judges were equally intimidated and cautioned not to preside over his case.
Prior to this frustration, Gaddafi also faced open criticism from a group of elders who reportedly played a role in the removal his father, calling for his complete withdrawal from the Presidential race.
The recent development however is that, Saif al-Islam has been given the green light to contest. His lawyer, Khaled Zaidi revealed to reporters on Thursday December second that, the Sebha based has overturned the commission’s decision and reinstated him for the election upon a thorough consideration of his appeal.
We will follow the election closely and provide you with all the necessary updates as they troop in. Stay tuned.