Libyan Warlord Khalifa Haftar to Run for President

Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar announced on Nov. 14 that he will run for president in the Dec. 24 elections.

“I declare my candidacy for the presidential elections, not because I am seeking for authority, but because I want to lead our people towards glory, progress, and prosperity,”  Haftar said in a televised speech from the eastern city of Benghazi.

Haftar added that the election was “the only way to pull Libya out of chaos.”

Haftar, 77, previously said in an interview in 2018 that Libya was not ready for democracy.

Haftar has been accused of seeking to establish a military dictatorship. His Libyan National Army (LNA) launched attacks on the capital Tripoli in April 2019 and he fought against the internationally recognized Libyan government.

On Sept. 22, he provisionally retired as head of the LNA to run for president.

Haftar’s announcement came two days after Saif al-Islam Gaddafi — the son of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi — registered as a presidential candidate in the southern city of Sebha.

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