Presidential candidates registration to start in Libya on Monday

by Daily Sabah

Registration for candidates in presidential and parliamentary elections will open on Monday, Libya’s High National Elections Commission said on Sunday as the planned date for the vote draws near.

Wrangling over the legal basis for the Dec. 24 election that has been mandated by a U.N.-backed roadmap, including concerns about the date and qualifications for candidates, has threatened to derail a peace process that was seen as Libya’s best hope in years of ending chronic instability and violence.

Potential candidates include putschist Gen. Khalifa Haftar, the commander of eastern-based forces in the civil war; Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, the son of the former dictator; the parliament head Aguila Saleh; and a former interior minister, Fathi Bashagha.

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