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Six candidates to run for Libya’s new presidential council

TRIPOLI – Six people will run for a position on the new Libyan presidential council that will guide the struggling country towards elections on 24 December.

The candidates are: speaker of the divided Libyan parliament, Aguila Saleh; the Libyan ambassador to Jordan, Mohamed Al Borothi; a member of the Constituent Assembly, Moustafa Dalaf Al Borothi; a member of the then-General National Congress, Al Sherif Al Wafi; and another diplomat, the country’s former representative in Switzerland, Ali Bou Khairallah.

Following the adoption by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum of the mechanism to nominate the top figures of the unified executive authority that will lead the country to elections, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) announced on Friday the start of a one-week time period, which expired today, for submitting candidacies for the three spots on the Presidential Council and for the position of head of this institution.

The current president, who resigned in September, is Fayez al-Sarraj.

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