Libya’s Speaker Aguila Saleh is submitting papers to run for president

The chairman of the East-based Libyan parliament, Aguila Saleh, handed in papers on Saturday to run for president.

The election, scheduled for December 24, remains in doubt due to disputes over the rules.

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“I arrived today at the headquarters of the High Electoral Commission in Benghazi to submit the necessary documents for the nomination for the post of President of the Republic of Libya,” he said on Libya Votes TV.

Aguila Saleh’s candidacy follows several other prominent Libyans, including Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and Khalifa Haftar.

“Public voting is the only source of legitimacy for any authority,” Saleh said earlier Wednesday in television comments.

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