Libya’s electoral commission has disclosed that 98 candidates, including two women had registered to run in a presidential election scheduled for December.
Among the most notable hopefuls are Seif Kadhafi, son of slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi, and Khalifa Haftar, leader of the self-styled Libyan National Army in control of the country’s east and parts of the south. Meanwhile, only two women have stepped forward as candidates: 46-year-old Laila Khalifa, the president and founder of the National Movement party, and Hunayda al-Mahdi, a researcher in the social sciences.
The final candidates’ list will be published within 12 days, once verifications and appeals are completed. More than 2.8 million of Libya’s seven million people are registered to vote.
By Florence Essien