Libya's parliament speaker announces to run for president in upcoming elections
The Xinhua reported, Aguila Saleh, the speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives, announced on Wednesday that he is running for president during the upcoming elections.
Saleh made the announcement during a televised speech, where he stressed his respect for "the constitutional declaration and the independence of the judiciary."
The speaker said: "We will work to leave the past behind, end the conflict, look forward to the future, and achieve national reconciliation since it's the base for building the nation."
Saleh's decision came a day after Khalifa Haftar, the commander of the eastern-based army of Libya, announced his candidacy. Saleh is widely seen as a political ally of Haftar.
The Xinhua mentioned that Libya is expected to hold general elections on Dec. 24 this year, as part of a roadmap adopted by the UN-sponsored Libyan Political Dialogue Forum with the aim to realize stability in Libya.
It added that Libya's interim Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Mohammed Dbeibah and Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, a son of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, have also declared their presidential bid.