The head of the Libyan unity government, Abdel Hamid al-Dabaiba, considered that the elections are tailored to the size of specific people, while the Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives, Aqila Saleh, presented – today, Saturday – his candidacy papers for the presidential elections.
Al-Dabaiba said that Libya is on the verge of elections without a constitution, and that there are political classes conspiring to control the sovereignty of Libyans.
He added, “It is very dangerous for the law to turn into a tool for political exploitation,” stressing that the Libyans “are the ones who decide the fate of Libya, and do not count on the outside!”
For his part, Aqila Saleh, 77, said in statements carried by the “Libya Voteeb” television station dedicated to the Libyan elections, “I came today to the headquarters of the High National Elections Commission in the city of Benghazi, which is striving to submit the documents required for my candidacy for the position of President of the Libyan State,” calling on citizens to participate in the elections. Massive elections.
Saleh considered that the elections are the only way out of the crisis, calling on everyone to respect their results.
Twenty-three presidential candidates submitted their files, in addition to Saleh, according to what the High Electoral Commission reported on its website.
These elections – scheduled for next December 24 – are the first to be held by universal suffrage in Libya, and come as the culmination of a political process sponsored by the United Nations, and more than 2.83 million out of 7 million Libyans registered to vote in it.
The international community believes that holding presidential elections first, followed by legislative elections a month later, is necessary to calm the situation in the country.
However, in a security context that is still fragile and political disputes persist, including a dispute over the date of the elections, the conduct of the poll remains uncertain.
Last September, Saleh approved the text related to the presidential elections without submitting it to the deputies for a vote, a decision that was challenged by the authorities in Tripoli (west) and led to a sharp escalation of tension.
Hundreds of Libyans demonstrated in the capital, Tripoli, and Misurata (west) to denounce the candidacy of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and Khalifa Haftar for the presidential elections.