Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of Libya’s former ruler and a major candidate in December’s planned presidential election, has been declared by the country’s elections commission on Wednesday as being ineligible to run, compounding the turmoil surrounding the vote.
Gaddafi was one of 25 candidates the commission disqualified in an initial decision pending an appeals process that will ultimately be decided by the judiciary.
Some 98 Libyans registered as candidates.
Gaddafi was ineligible because he had been convicted of a crime the commission said.
In 2015, a Tripoli court sentenced him to death in absentia for war crimes committed during the uprising against his late father Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.