14 Things That Would Disqualify You From Running For Office

Courtesy of Human Rights Watch, here are 14 categories that would prohibit condidates from running for public office:

  • Members or commanders of the Revolutionary Guards;
  • Members of the Revolutionary Committees;
  • Student association directors after 1976;
  • Those who were “known for glorifying the regime of Muammar Gaddafi or his call for the ideas of the Green Book [Gaddafi’s political philosophy], whether through various media or public speeches;”
  • Those who “stood against the February 17 Revolution” by means of incitement, aid, or collusion;
  • Those who were convicted of corruption or stealing public funds;
  • Those who participated in any capacity in the imprisonment and torture of Libyans during the rule of the former regime;
  • Those who committed or participated in hostile acts against Libyans in the opposition, whether abroad or in Libya;
  • Those who seized private property or participated in seizing property during the previous regime;
  • Those who were involved in stealing public funds or enriched themselves on behalf of the Libyan population, or who accumulated wealth in Libya or abroad in an illegal manner;
  • Those who had commercial dealings with the sons of Muammar Gaddafi or his close associates;
  • Those who formerly held positions of leadership that directly related to the sons of Muammar Gaddafi, and their institutions;
  • Recipients of awards or money from the former regime by illegal means;
  • Those who obtained an academic degree on a subject related to the Gaddafi’s Green Book or Third Universal Theory.
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These are some pretty vague regulations that are probably very difficult to verify. HRW is worried and perhaps rightly so — the concern is that bringing up issues like these is conducive to a hostile elections atmosphere and perfect fodder for aggressive candidates who aren’t afraid to sling some mud.
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