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Libya commission says no decision taken on Gaddafi’s son candidacy

Electoral commission says its accounts hit by ‘cyberattacks’

Mucahit Aydemir   | 15.11.2021
Libya commission says no decision taken on Gaddafi’s son candidacy


Libya’s elections commission on Monday denied reports about rejecting the candidacy application of Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, the son of former Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

Commission spokesman Khaled el-Mennai told Anadolu Agency that the official website and social media accounts of the electoral commission were hit by “cyberattacks”.

He explained that websites that published reports about rejecting the candidate application of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi removed them shortly afterwards.

“There was no decision (taken by the commission) regarding Saif al-Islam’s candidacy,” el-Mennai said.

On Sunday, Saif al-Islam submitted his application to run in Libya’s upcoming presidential election.

Libya’s presidential and parliamentary elections are set to take place on Dec. 24 under an UN-sponsored agreement reached by Libyan political rivals during meetings in Tunisia on Nov. 15, 2020.

The oil-rich country’s electoral commission on Nov. 8 opened registration for candidates in the polls despite ongoing tensions between the parliament, the High Council of State, and the unity government regarding electoral powers and laws.

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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