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Gaddafi’s son locked out of presidential race

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Gaddafi’s son locked out of presidential race

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The electoral commission of Libya has disqualified the son of Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, from contesting the country’s presidency in the planned presidential election in December. 

Saif was one of the 25 candidates barred by the commission Wednesday from the race that attracted 98 Libyans. 

The disqualification was reached following recommendations of the Attorney General, Criminal Investigations Department and the Citizenship and Passport Department. 

In 2015, Gaddafi was convicted in absentia on war crimes charges for his part in fighting the uprising that removed his late father in 2011. 

Some other candidates initially approved by the commission had also been accused of violations by political rivals and were also excluded from the race. 

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