Libya: Interim Prime Minister emerges as new presidential candidate

Abdul Hamid Dbeibah

Libya LibyaA new name has been added to the hefty list of presidential candidates for Libya’s elections. Libya’s interim prime minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah has decided to run for the December 24 scheduled poll in the country, despite the pledge that current office bearers would not contest election to avoid taking advantage of position. The big names contesting December elections include Saif-al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the former dictator Muammar Gaddafi, and warlord Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

Dbeibah has worked quite tactfully ahead of the polls. Under his umbrella project “Return to Life” the interim Prime Minister has targeted young population of Libya, a key patronage that will have a big electoral bag. Dbeibah used his position and office to dispense a generous aid for 372 economic and infrastructure projects across the nation.

The December elections are hoped to bring calm and order in Libya after years of turmoil. But the polls are anticipated to be nothing short of a spectacle with 62 presidential candidates contesting to be the supreme leader of country. One of the key contender, Gaddafi is testing waters to bring the dynasty comeback, while Haftar, who has stronghold in the eastern part of country, is seeking control of the country after failed attempt of 2019 to seize control of Tripoli.

Businessman based out of Misrata, Dbeibah has his share of corruption charges, making it possible for his candidacy to be opposed citing breach of Article 12 of Libya’s electoral law. According to the article, candidates of election must stand down three months before the poll from public office.

Now there are many practical hurdles too for the elections. There are a large count of candidates from east and west political parts of Libya. This can effectively divide electorates between candidates supporting their region, thereby raising high chances that there would be no reconciliation on the result of December election.

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