Zawiya court disqualifies Khalifa Haftar from presidential race

Zawiya court disqualifies Khalifa Haftar from presidential race

December 01, 2021 - 11:38
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

The Zawiya Appeals Court has disqualified warlord Khalifa Haftar from next month's presidential race after accepting several appeals filed against him.

In its ruling Tuesday, the court stated that it admits the appeal in this regard and considers the decision of the High Electoral Commission No. 80 of 2021 concerning the candidacy of Khalifa Belqasim Haftar as void.

Last week, the Libyan Supreme Judicial Council ruled that appeals against candidates can only be filed within the area of the person who is the subject of an appeal.

Zawiya's judge said the Supreme Judicial Council's decision does not repeal the laws in force, and therefore the court may adjudicate on the case.

The Supreme Judicial Council decision evoked wide criticism due to the fact that no one can file an appeal against Khalifa Haftar in Benghazi, and no judge dares to consider such a case, according to observers.

In a related context, the Tripoli Court of Appeal dropped an appeal against Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah and another against President of the Audit Bureau, Khaled Shakshak. It also deferred consideration of two other challenges to Wednesday's session.