Interim Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah has submitted his application to run for president, despite being banned and previously promised not to run.
Libya’s interim prime minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah has submitted an application to run for president in next month’s elections, despite being banned and previously promised not to do so.
Dbeibah is set to head Libya until a winner is announced after the December 24 presidential election. He submitted his application one day before the November 22 deadline.
The 63-year-old businessman from Misrata has promised he will not run in the election as a condition of accepting his caretaker role earlier this year. For him to be eligible, Dbeibah would also have suspended him from public service at least three months before the voting date, which he did not do.
“I present my candidacy papers, to serve you and not for anything else, for the upcoming presidential election, and we ask God to help us all for the welfare of the country and the good of this great nation and these great people. , “he said during a news conference after submitting his request to the Electoral Commission.
“Despite all the associated problems and ambiguous circumstances that accompanied the election campaign, I invite you to never lose hope, as it became clear, and obvious. The beginning of the right path. ”
Parliamentary and presidential elections were demanded last year by a UN political forum as part of a roadmap to end Libya’s civil war, a process that also led to the formation of Dbeibah’s interim unity government.
Dbeibah’s appointment to the premiership nine months ago was confirmed despite allegations of corruption at meetings of the UN-elected 75-member political dialogue forum that appointed him. The interim leader denied the allegations.
His government was intended to replace the rival administrations in the east and west that have ruled Libya for years.
The Electoral Commission and Libyan courts are likely to rule on the suitability of candidates in the coming weeks.
Continuing civil war
Libya has remained politically unstable since a 2011 NATO-backed uprising overthrew longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was later assassinated.
The oil-rich nation has been divided for years between a government in the east, backed by apostate commander Khalifa Haftar, and a UN-mediated administration in Tripoli, assisted by Western-based Libyan armed groups.
Each side also had the support of foreign forces and mercenaries, including from Russia, Turkey and Syria.
Other candidates running for office include Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi; Haftar, who leads the Libyan National Army (LNA), which waged war against factions in the west after dividing the country in 2014; and Speaker of Parliament Aguila Saleh, which has led Libya’s House of Representatives since 2014.