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Libya’s ex-interior minister registers to run for president

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Former Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha has registered to run in the planned presidential elections next month, joining an increasingly crowded field of candidates seeking the North African country’s highest post. 

Bashagha had served as interior minister since 2018 in the Tripoli-based, internationally recognized Government of National Accord, whose militias fought the Libyan National Army for control of the oil-rich country before a UN-supported cease-fire halted the conflict in October 2020. The current interim unity government, known as the Government of National Unity, consists of a prime minister and three-member presidential council and took power in March following UN-led talks in Geneva. 

“Libya will not go back to pre-2011. We will build a new Libya,” Bashagha told reporters, referencing the NATO-backed uprising that toppled longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi a decade ago. 

“Libya will turn from a rentier state into a free-market economy,” he added, according to the Associated Press. “We will be embracing reform, reconciliation and the reconstruction.” Continue Reading

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