Libya elders urge boycott over Gaddafi presidential bid

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Elders from several cities called for a boycott of presidential elections and protesters shut voting stations in western Libya on Monday after former dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s son registered to run. Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, whose whereabouts have been secret for years, on Sunday became the first heavyweight candidate to sign up for the December 24 poll. But an influential council of elders from Misrata, a city which played a key role in the 2011 uprising that toppled his father, called for an election boycott. The council rejects “the candidacy of those who used excessive force against the Liby…

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