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Court allows Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s son to run for president

Prime News, International (Cairo), Dec 4:- A Libyan court has ruled that a son of the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi can compete in upcoming presidential elections, overturning a decision by the country’s top electoral body to disqualify him.

A court in the southern province of Sabha on Thursday ruled in favour of Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, Libyan media outlets reported. For almost a week, the court had been unable to convene to hear the appeal after the building was surrounded by armed men who prevented judges from entering.

Last week, Libya’s High National Elections Committee had disqualified him, citing past convictions linked to using violence against protesters. The candidate had appealed the ruling.

The first round of voting is meant to start on Dec 24, though a number of divisive issues need to be resolved before then. It remains unclear whether any further legal challenges could be made to Seif al-Islam’s candidacy.

In a Twitter post late Thursday, he thanked the judges for risking their personal safety, saying they had done so ôin the name of truthö. He also thanked his family and supporters.

The election comes after years of UN-led attempts to usher in a more democratic future and end the country’s civil war. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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