Clashes erupts in Libyan capital of Tripoli following political deadlock

Clashes erupted in Libya’s capital on Tuesday as the parliament-appointed prime minister, Fathi Bashagha, tried to take over government there but was forced back by a rival administration that refuses to cede power. Bashagha entered Tripoli overnight after two months of stalemate between Libya’s rival administrations, but withdrew hours later as fighting rocked the capital,… Read More Clashes erupts in Libyan capital of Tripoli following political deadlock

Libyan electoral committee calls off presidential election amid disputes

Libya’s parliament said Friday’s planned presidential election would not go ahead and did not name a new date, leaving the internationally backed peace process in chaos and the fate of the interim government in doubt. The statement by parliament’s election committee was the first official announcement of a delay, which had been widely expected amid… Read More Libyan electoral committee calls off presidential election amid disputes

Libyan court reinstates presidential bid of Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi

A Libyan court ruled on Thursday that the son of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi could run for president, his lawyer said, as arguments intensified over the conduct of an election aimed at ending a decade of turmoil. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi’s appeal against disqualification for the December 24 vote was delayed for days as fighters… Read More Libyan court reinstates presidential bid of Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi

Armed men disrupt Libya presidential election appeal of Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi

A lawyer for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of Libya’s late dictator, said armed men had prevented him lodging an appeal on Thursday against his client’s disqualification from next month’s presidential election, adding to fears of turmoil around the vote. Disputes about issues including the eligibility of candidates are threatening to derail the election, set for… Read More Armed men disrupt Libya presidential election appeal of Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi

Libyan interim PM Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah files candidacy for presidential election

Libya’s interim prime minister Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah registered as a candidate for the presidency on Sunday despite having vowed not to do so as a condition of taking his current post and despite contested election rules that may prevent him from standing. Dbeibah’s entry into a race that now features many of Libya’s main players of… Read More Libyan interim PM Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah files candidacy for presidential election

Libyan parliament speaker Aguila Saleh files candidacy for presidential election

The speaker of the eastern-based Libyan parliament, Aguila Saleh, submitted papers on Saturday to stand in presidential elections. The elections, scheduled for December 24, remain in doubt amid disputes over the rules. “I came today to the headquarters of the High Elections Commission in Benghazi to submit the required documents for the nomination to the… Read More Libyan parliament speaker Aguila Saleh files candidacy for presidential election

Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, son of former Libyan leader, registers as presidential candidate

The son of Libya’s late dictator Muammar Gaddafi appeared for nearly the first time in a decade on Sunday to register as a presidential candidate for a December vote planned to help end the years of chaos since his father was toppled. Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, 49, appeared in an electoral commission video in traditional brown… Read More Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, son of former Libyan leader, registers as presidential candidate

Libyan parliament agrees to law regarding parliamentary election

Libya’s eastern-based parliament said on Monday it had agreed a law for a parliamentary election to take place a month after a planned December 24 presidential election. A statement by parliament spokesperson Abdullah Belhaiq said the chamber had agreed each article in the law, which will keep parliament at the same number of members. Wrangling… Read More Libyan parliament agrees to law regarding parliamentary election