While the Libyan Electoral Commission continues to receive applications from presidential candidates, Aqila Saleh submitted papers to officially run for the presidential elections at the commission’s headquarters in Benghazi, according to Libyan media.
After formally submitting his papers, Aqila Saleh told Al-Arabiya and Al-Hadath correspondent that there is no room for amending the elections law in Libya, pointing out that the Libyan elections law was not drafted for the benefit of certain people.
He also stressed by saying: “I would like to focus on national reconciliation if I win the presidency.”
Aqila Saleh said that “Article 12 of the Libyan electoral law will not be amended… and anyone who wishes to run for the Libyan elections must stop working temporarily.”
He also expressed his astonishment at the desire of some not to abide by the Libyan election laws, stressing: “Electoral laws are general, and were not approved for a particular person, as some claim.”
He also called on the international community to supervise the elections “so that people at home and abroad would be assured of their integrity,” as he put it.
Saleh’s candidacy officially comes a day after the High Elections Commission confirmed the candidacy of the former Minister of Interior of the Government of National Accord, Fathi Bashagha, for the presidential elections.
A statement issued by the Commission indicated that “accepting the files is a preliminary acceptance,” and said that it refers the files of the applicants for candidacy to the Attorney General, the Criminal Investigation Agency, and the General Administration of Passports and Nationality.
Earlier, the correspondent of “Al-Arabiya” and “Al-Hadath” reported that the number of presidential candidates has so far reached 23, and for membership of Parliament, the number has reached 1,231 candidates.
It is also expected that in the coming hours, the Libyan diplomat, Abdul Majeed Saif Al-Nasr, will present his candidacy papers for the presidency in Sebha.
It was also reported that Abd al-Hadi al-Hwaij, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Abdullah al-Thani’s government, announced his intention to submit his candidacy papers for the presidency on Sunday.
The head of the State Council in Libya, the Brotherhood’s Khaled Al-Mashri, reiterated his rejection of the December parliamentary and presidential elections.
Al-Mishri said, on Friday, that he will not participate in the elections as a voter or candidate, and also called for parliamentary elections only in next February.
Although the House of Representatives denied its intention to amend the presidential candidacy laws, especially Article 12, close sources confirmed that the Prime Minister of the National Unity Government, Abdel Hamid Dabaiba, had completed filling out his and his family’s financial disclosure, in preparation for submitting his credentials before next Monday, according to what was recommended by a legal team working on Help him to run.
The Libyan parliament denied the existence of any intention to amend the law on the election of the president, in order to enable some political figures to run for the presidential elections.
The Parliament’s Legislative and Legal Committee clarified, Thursday evening, that it had not received any meeting invitation to hold a plenary session or proposals to amend the President’s Election Law, noting that it was the one who drafted the laws, and any amendments to them must pass through, and then be presented to the deputies in a plenary session.