Libyan interim PM submits bid for presidential elections

Libyan interim PM submits bid for presidential elections
Libyan Prime Minister Abdulhamid Al-Dbeibah speaks after submitting his candidacy papers for the upcoming presidential election at the headquarters of the electoral commission in Tripoli, Libya November 21, 2021. (Reuters)
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Updated 22 November 2021

Libyan interim PM submits bid for presidential elections

Libyan interim PM submits bid for presidential elections
  • Dbeibah is barred from running under Libya’s current election laws
  • UN envoy to Libya emphasized the importance of holding elections on time

TRIPOLI/LONDON: Libya’s interim prime minister filed a request Sunday to run for president despite being technically barred from the upcoming elections.
Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah is meant to lead the country until a winner is declared following national and presidential elections on Dec. 24.
Dbeibah is barred from running under Libya’s current election laws. He promised he would not seek office in this year’s elections as a condition to taking on his caretaker role earlier this year. In order to be eligible, he also would have needed to have suspended himself from governmental duties at least three months before the polling date, which he did not.
Meanwhile, the UN envoy to Libya Jan Kubis emphasized the importance of holding elections on time and urged all parties involved in the Libyan election to accept the results.
His comments came during a meeting with the Vice President of the Presidential Council, Abdullah Lafi.
Kubis said the current stage is very sensitive to enable Libya to pass to safety through the ballot.
The vote faces growing uncertainty. Libya has been wracked by chaos since a NATO-backed uprising toppled the late dictator Muammar Qaddafi in 2011. The country had for years been split between a government in the east and a UN-supported administration in Tripoli, aided by western-based militias. Each side in the civil war has also had the support of mercenaries and foreign forces from Turkey, Russia and Syria and different regional powers.
Earlier this month, several controversial candidates have come forward, including Seif Al-Islam, the son and one-time heir apparent of Qaddafi. Powerful military commander Khalifa Haftar, who besieged the capital of Tripoli for nearly a year in 2019, is also running.
(With AP)