The Tripoli Court of Appeals accepted the objections to the annulment of Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh’s candidacy in the upcoming Libyan presidential elections.
The candidacy application of the Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh, was surprisingly rejected, and the appeal petitions submitted by Fathi Bashagha (former GNU Minister of Interior and candidate from the west) and Arif Nayed (former UAE Ambassador and candidate from the east) submitted on 28 November. had been accepted.
In addition to the 12th article of the controversial election law (civil or military state officials resigned 3 months before the election date), Dbeibeh’s commitment that he would not be a candidate for the December 24 elections as a member of the transitional government and the dual citizenship barrier was cited as the justification.
In Wednesday’s session, the Court dismissed all three appeals against PM Dbeibeh. Together with this, the Court also rejected appeals against presidential candidates such as Khalid Shakshak, Fathi ben Shatwan, and Nuri Abu Abu Sahmain, Head of the Libyan Audit Bureau, and put them in the race for elections.
On the other hand, Haftar’s candidacy application was rejected by the Zawiya Court of Appeal due to his past war crimes. Again, in November, the Military Court in Misrata sentenced warlord Khalifa Haftar to death for the 2019 Military College attack.