Libya Elections Face Crisis of Legitimacy Following the Politically Motivated Exclusion of 25 Presidential Candidates

Abu Sbeiha: The Exclusion of Supporters of the Mass System from the Presidential Race was for Political, Not Legal Reasons


The head of the Supreme Council of Tribes and Cities of Fezzan, Ali Misbah Abu Sbeiha, confirmed that those supporters of the mass system who were barred from the race for the presidency of the state were excluded for political and not for legal reasons.

Abu Sbeiha said that the Libyan judiciary itself is at stake, and it will either prove its integrity and apply the correct law, or slip into the mud of politics and lose credibility and the confidence of the people.

He concluded with the words of God Almighty: “And you say, be just, even if he is a relative.” And he also said: “And if you judge between people, judge with justice.” God Almighty has spoken the truth.

It should be noted that the High National Elections Commission issued a statement yesterday on its Facebook page, including Decision No. (79) regarding the exclusion of (25) candidates who do not meet the conditions for running for the presidential elections, according to what was stated in the responses of the Attorney General and the head of the Criminal Investigation Agency, and the head of the Passports and Nationality Authority, based on the articles of Law No. (1) of 2021, regarding the election of the head of state, and the list of those excluded included all the symbols of the previous government.

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Abu Ras: The defense team for Dr. Saif al-Islam Muammar Qaddafi will submit an appeal against the exclusion decision today

Ayman Abu Ras, a member of the political team of the presidential candidate, Dr. Saif al-Islam Muammar Qaddafi, that his defense team will submit today an appeal against the decision to exclude him by the Commission. Abu Ras said, in a statement:

“We are continuing with the procedures followed by the Commission related to the appeal and its decision by the judiciary. In the end, the Libyan people have the final say.”

Dr. Saif al-Islam al-Qaddafi’s defense team added that since reading the exclusion decision, they have prepared procedures of appeal and that they will submit them this morning to the competent court.

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An Exclusion that Would Conform to Legal Criteria – Everyone is Waiting for the Judiciary’s Word on the Dabaiba File

الشيبانيParliament member Jaballah Al-Shaibani Abdel Hamid Al-Dabaiba confirmed that he led an electoral campaign, taking advantage of his position, in violation of the tasks of the caretaker government. Al-Shaibani said that the caretaker prime minister, Abdul Hamid al-Dabaiba, led an electoral campaign, taking advantage of his position, presiding over cabinet sessions, issuing decisions, visits abroad and at home, meetings with municipalities, youth, and many activities in violation of even the tasks of the caretaker government itself. He added that everyone is waiting for the Libyan judiciary’s word on this file and others, while it is in a difficult test. Integrity, impartiality and independence are at stake.

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Khaled Al Zaidi, Lawyer of Dr. Saif Al-Islam Muammar Qaddafi, confirms there was an armed attack on the Sebha Court and that forced the expulsion of judges and employees outside the court building, so that he could not complete the procedures for challenging the ruling of the High Electoral Commission.

Al-Zaidi said in a video recording that a session was set to consider the appeal against the exclusion of Saif al-Islam, when an armed force attacked.

Al-Zaidi indicated that the judiciary is the last resort, and the use of force against judges threatens the electoral process.

Lawyer for Saif al-Islam Qaddafi: An armed group closed the appeals court in Sebha

Khaled al-ZaIdi, Saif al-Islam Qaddafi’s lawyer, said that an armed group closed the appeals court in Sebha city, where the appeal against the High Elections Commission’s decision to reject his client’s candidacy was supposed to be heard.

Al-Zaydi explained in a video circulating that “an armed force attacked the court and expelled the employees and judges by force of arms,” ​​stressing that the failure to hold a hearing on the appeal decision would “affect the entire election process.”

Saif al-Islam Muammar Qaddafi had submitted an appeal to the Sebha Court after the High Electoral Commission in Libya included his name on the lists of those rejected to run for the presidential elections, based on his accusation of a criminal charge that prevents him from running.

A member of Saif al-Islam al-Qaddafi’s political team, Muhammad al-Qaloushi, said that “the appeal was submitted by the legal team of Saif al-Islam to the Sebha Court,” explaining that “the appeal was submitted because of the exclusion of Saif al-Islam from the presidential elections, based on two articles that do not apply to him.”

Source: Agencies

Al-Qilooshi: Saif Al-Islam’s lawyer was prevented from challenging his exclusion from the electoral race

Muhammad al-Qaloushi, a member of Saif al-Islam al-Qaddafi’s political team, announced that Saif al-Islam al-Qaddafi’s lawyer was unable to file an appeal against the rejection of his candidacy for the presidential elections.

Al-Qayloushi said in statements to Al-Hadath channel that an armed group terrified those present in the Sabha Court of Appeal and prevented the judges in the court from accepting Saif al-Islam’s appeal against the decision to exclude him.

Al-Qaloushi called on the competent authorities to play their role in securing the electoral process.

Source: Agencies

What Saif al-Islam’s lawyer said after he was excluded from the electoral race

Khaled Al-Ghweil, one of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi’s lawyers, confirmed that the decision of the High National Elections Commission in Libya to exclude Saif Al-Islam from the electoral race, which was based on Article 10 of the President’s Election Law, is a legal violation and does not apply to Saif Al-Islam.

Al-Ghwail added to “” that Saif al-Islam has not issued a final court ruling against him in a felony or crime, as he appeared in a criminal case certificate that proves that he is free of any precedents.

And he indicated that an appeal will be submitted today before the judicial committees concerned with electoral appeals, against this exclusion decision, describing it as a “political decision.”

He confirmed the existence of names that do not meet the conditions, but their candidacy papers were accepted, questioning the integrity and independence of the Electoral Commission.

Source: Agencies

The city of Bani Walid in Libya witnessed a state of anger over the exclusion of Saif Al-Islam Qaddafi from the Libyan presidential elections, as the High Electoral Commission put his name on the list of those excluded, due to a violation of two provisions of the President’s Election Law.

Source: Agencies

Military source: We issued orders to Major General Tariq bin Ziyad to protect the headquarters of the Commission and the Sebha Court of Appeal

Today, Thursday, Major General Tariq bin Ziyad Moazez deployed his force to protect the headquarters of the High National Elections Commission and the Sebha Court of Appeal.

This comes after an outlaw group attacked this morning’s Sebha Court of Appeal.

A military source confirmed, in a statement to The Address newspaper, that Major General Tariq bin Ziyad and the forces affiliated with the National Army had nothing to do with the attack on the Sebha Court of Appeal, expressing his astonishment at the fabrication of the false news.

The source emphasized that he was not aware of the affiliation of the armed force that attacked the court’s headquarters and expelled the employees.

The military source said, “After learning of the attack, we issued orders to Major General Tariq bin Ziyad to protect the court’s headquarters and the electoral district office of the commission; to secure it from any new attack attempt”.

The source emphasized that the Libyan National Army’s job is to provide security, not to destabilize security.

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