Libyan premier to run for president as election turmoil grows

By Hani Amara and Ahmed Elumami, 9 November 2021
Tripoli, Libya (photo credit: Moayad Zaghdani via unsplash)
Tripoli, Libya (photo credit: Moayad Zaghdani via unsplash)
The head of Libya’s national unity government plans to run for president next month, according to a senior official, an apparent breach of a pledge to remain neutral when he took office in March under a U.N.-backed peace process. Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah has become popular with big public spending programmes after years of civil war, and could be a frontrunner to win office as Libya’s first directly elected head of state since Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown a decade ago. But his decision could also add to political disputes over the election, which have overshadowed the peace process. Dbeibah and other cabinet members had pledged not to run for president when they were appointed to the Government of National Unity, which replaced two rival administrations after years of war between factions based in the east and west.
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