Libya’s parliament speaker enters presidential race

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Libya’s parliament speaker Aguila Saleh registered Saturday to run in next month’s presidential election, joining a military strongman and the son of Muammar Gaddafi in the contest. Libya’s first ever direct presidential poll, due on 24 December, comes as the United Nations seeks to end a decade of violence in the oil-rich nation since a NATO-backed uprising that toppled the dictator Gaddafi in 2011. Saleh is the 24th candidate to sign up at the offices of the electoral commission, the HNEC, with the 77-year-old registering his details in the eastern port of Benghazi. “I came to the HNEC offic…

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