President of Parliament Aguila Saleh to present herself in Libya


Libyan parliament speaker Aguila Saleh announced he would run for president in the country next month, in televised comments broadcast by Al Hadath TV.

Saleh, the speaker of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives, who is also a political ally of the coup leader Khalifa Haftar, unilaterally announced that he had enacted a presidential election law on September 8.

But the High Council of State rejected the law, which had allowed Haftar to stand at the polls. Haftar’s dual nationality and military role stood in the way of the candidacy criteria.

The House of Representatives announced on October 4 with another unilaterally enacted law that parliamentary elections would take place a month after the presidential elections.

Earlier this week, interim Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Mohammed Dbeibah said he would run for president if that is what the Libyan people want, a day after the announcement of Seif al-Islam’s candidacy Gaddafi.


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