Libya: Haftar returns to presidential race with court ruling

Monday, 6 December, 2021 - 22:33

Monday, the Tripoli Court of Appeal decided to return presidential candidate Khalifa Haftar to the race scheduled for December 24.

The court rejected the appeal ruling issued against Haftar, because it "lacked spatial jurisdiction to consider the case", according to the Libyan Center Gate.

Earlier on November 30, the Zawiya Court issued a ruling excluding Haftar from the list of candidates for the presidential elections, after it accepted the appeal submitted against him and the High National Elections Commission.

The Sebha Court of Appeals rejected Sunday the appeal submitted by the Electoral Commission against the ruling to return Saif al-Islam Gaddafi to the race.

For his part, the second deputy head of the Supreme Council of State, Omar Bushah, reiterated the council's position on the elections, saying that it "is going through a real crisis that has been proven by observing the conditions that Libya is going through now at this sensitive stage."

He noted that it was founded on incorrect foundations and laws that violated the political agreement and the constitutional declaration.

It is noteworthy that Libyan media previously reported that a military court in Misrata had issued a death sentence in absentia against Khalifa Haftar.