The Tripoli Court of Appeal on Monday overturned an earlier verdict to exclude Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar from this month’s presidential elections, according to local media.
Libya's forthcoming presidential elections have been mired in controversy amid disputes between rival parliamentary bodies in Tripoli and eastern Libya and presidential bids by Khalifa Haftar and Saif al-Islam Gaddafihttps://t.co/fectHrIv02— The New Arab (@The_NewArab) November 29, 2021
The private Libya Al-Ahrar TV said the court ruled to allow Haftar to run in the Dec. 24 polls.
Last week, a court in the western city of al-Zawiya issued a ruling to exclude Haftar from the vote.
Last month, a Libyan court had disqualified Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of former strongman Muammar Gaddafi, from the polls, before he appealed the verdict.
On Wednesday, Libya’s elections commission is expected to announce a final list of candidates for the presidential polls.
Saif Gaddafi and Khalifa Haftar are squaring off in Libya’s lawless south with spillover potentially affecting December 24 elections— Middle East Eye (@MiddleEastEye) December 1, 2021
Libya’s presidential and parliamentary elections are set to take place on Dec. 24 under a UN-sponsored agreement reached by Libyan political rivals during meetings in Tunisia last November.
Libyans hope that the upcoming elections will contribute to ending an armed conflict that has plagued the oil-rich country for years.
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