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Who else has entered the race for the presidency?


Libya’s presidenti­al election, expected to be held on December 24, will mark the end of a process led by the UN to end years of violence and division in the oil-rich North African state.

But the path to the ballot box has been littered with disputes over the constituti­onal basis for the poll and the powers to be given to whoever wins.

Khalifa Haftar

Field Marshal Haftar, of the eastern-based Libyan National Army, announced his candidacy for president in a televised speech in which he declared his wish to bring “glory, progress and prosperity” to the Libyan people.

Field Marshal Haftar, 77, said elections were the only way out of the crisis in Libya, which has suffered chaos and conflict since the uprising that, with Nato support, removed Muammar Qaddafi in 2011.

Saif Al Islam Qaddafi

Mr Qaddafi, the 49-year-old son of the deposed dictator, has been accused of war crimes by the Internatio­nal Criminal Court.

During his father’s rule, he lived in London for years and was said to have had little involvemen­t in politics.

But when the Arab uprisings came to Libya, he allegedly directed attacks against the rebels.

Mr Qaddafi nominated himself for the candidacy.

Abdul Hamid Dbeibah

Mr Dbeibah, Libya’s current interim Prime Minister, submitted his candidacy on Monday, despite being technicall­y barred from taking part.

He has become popular with his big public spending programmes after years of civil war.

Aguila Saleh

Mr Saleh, 77, has been the Speaker of Libya’s eastern-based parliament since 2014.

He said his nomination would seek to “turn the page on conflict, look towards the future” and launch a process of national reconcilia­tion.

Fathi Bashagha

Mr Bashagha, 59, also announced his intentions to run.

The former air force pilot and businessma­n served as interior minister from 2018 until this year in the Government of National Accord led by Fayez Al Sarraj, establishi­ng himself as a powerful figure in western Libya.

Ali Zeidan

Former prime minister Ali Zeidan is among those who have registered to run.

Mr Zeidan, 70, was elected in October 2012 and served until March 2014.

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