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Libyans Protest Against Haftar, Gadhafi’s Son Presidential Runs

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Hundreds of Libyans protested in Tripoli against “war criminals” running in next month’s presidential election, after eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar and a son of ousted dictator Moamer Kadhafi announced bids.

Demonstrators stamped on posters of Haftar and Seif al-Islam Kadhafi, and voiced anger over a controversial electoral law criticised for bypassing due process and favouring a bid by Haftar.

One speaker called for “all those who have committed crimes against th c e Libyan people” to be disqualified from the race.

“The blood of our martyrs wasn’t spilt in vain,” said another.

The protests come at the end of a week that saw both Haftar and Kadhafi register to run in the 24th December election, which is part of a United Nations-led process attempting to draw a line under a decade of conflict since the fall and killing of Kadhafi senior in a 2011 revolt. Continue Reading

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