To everyone’s surprise, 49-year-old Saif al-Islam, who recently did not know where he was, wore glasses with a salt and pepper beard, according to images released by local media in one of the three application centers in Seba (south), Tripoli (west) and Benghazi (east). .
A brown abaya and a turban wrapped in a pedoi style built in the same color as his father, he signed the documents with the help of his lawyer. He then spoke verses from the Quran and then ended with the phrase “God bless you” to the staff of the High Electoral Commission (HNEC).
“Candidate Seif al-Islam Mouammar Kadhafi submitted the documents of his candidature to the HNEC office in Seba, thereby fulfilling all the legal requirements of the n ° 1 Act relating to the election of the President of the State”, HNEC announced. In a press release. He was also given a voter card.
In late July, Saif al-Islam spoke about his return to the political scene in an interview with the New York Times.
The culmination of a difficult process sponsored by the UN, the December 24 presidential election and the legislative elections a month later are expected to turn the tide of a decade of chaos and fraternal struggles following the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime. Who was killed during a popular uprising in 2011.
He was captured by armed men in November 2011 in Zenten, in northwestern Libya, and sentenced to death in 2015 after a speedy trial.
However, the same small group has refused to extradite him to the authorities or to the International Criminal Court (ICC), which has been searching for him since 2011 for “crimes against humanity.”
The team released him in 2017 and lost his trace.
“Saif al-Islam Gaddafi’s position in the ICC has not changed. According to a 2011 announcement, he is still wanted, “said Fadi Abdullah, a spokesman for the ICC.
According to the international community, it is necessary to hold elections to pacify the country with the largest oil reserves in Africa.
The presidential election – the first in the country’s history – and the legislative elections remain highly uncertain in the context of renewed tensions between rival camps set up in the West and East.
In the wake of Saif al-Islam’s candidacy, questions from East Libya’s powerful Marshal Khalifa Habdar and Prime Minister Abdelhamid Dibiba drew attention during a conference in Libya on Friday in Paris.
Marshall Hubbard was suspended from his military service – an essential procedure – three months before the vote but had not yet submitted his candidacy. In theory, Mr. Since Tideba is a member of the interim government, she cannot be a candidate until the ballot is postponed.
Fear of going back
Seif Al-Islam’s candidacy for Wolfram Lacher, a Libyan expert from the German SWP Institute, was filed despite ICC (…) arrest warrants “further complicating the electoral process”.
It is highly competitive because of the electoral law for the presidential election, which does not clearly define the characteristics of the future president and was directly endorsed by its leader, Aquila Saleh, a close friend of Marshall Haftar.
Jaleel Harzoui, an expert in Libya of the Global Initiative Think Tank, told PTI: “The Paris summit on Friday has already implicitly indicated that there will be no referendum (it) this year. By keeping itself in a visible situation, Seif further aggravates the existing confusion.
On the streets of Tripoli, 33-year-old Nisar al-Hadi expressed concern that “instead of solving the problem, he will make it more complicated.” “This is completely unfair! We know what happened in 2011,” he added.
The same pain for Tripoli Ramsey Douse in his thirties. According to him, the candidacy is “certainly acceptable to some, but will he accept Libya as it is today or bring us back?”
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