The Libyan High Elections Commission announced that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi’s candidacy for the presidency is legally sound, in response to the position of a military prosecutor, while applications for candidacy continue to be received, including the candidacy of a woman.
The head of the commission, Imad al-Sayeh, confirmed in press statements that were reported by local media on Monday that all procedures for the candidacy of Gaddafi’s son are legally sound. He explained that “the military prosecutor has no right to interfere in the affairs of the commission.”
On Sunday, the military prosecutor, Major General Masoud Arhouma, residing in Tripoli, had sent a request to the commission to stop the progress of the procedures for the candidacy of Gaddafi’s son and National Army Commander Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar for the presidency, threatening to take specific measures, but the commission did not respond to his request.
A source in the Libyan army considered that the demand of the military prosecutor to exclude Haftar from running for the presidential elections “does not deserve a response.”
Hours before closing the candidacy door, Laila Salim bin Khalifa submitted papers to run for the presidential elections, thus becoming the first Libyan woman to run for a race of this kind.
Leila bin Khalifa, born in 1975, comes from Zuwara, west of Tripoli. She is active in the media field through her interventions with television channels, in addition to her participation in training courses and workshops.
In the latest outcome, 65 candidates applied to run in the presidential elections in Libya, in the first experiment since independence, and it attracted all the well-known names that have been active in Libya during the past ten years. (agencies)