Many in Libya demanded delaying the elections, but now the question is whether Haftar and his allies will use the opportunity to legitimise themselves.
Seventeen presidential hopefuls have urged the electoral commission to reveal the reasons why there will be no election on December 24 as scheduled.
There is still no final candidate list ahead of elections which is bringing the whole exercise into question.
With the presidential election just over a week away, an official of the country's electoral commission says it has become impossible to hold the vote on time.
The announcement fuels fear that the election could be postponed amid calls from most of the stakeholders to hold the vote on schedule.
Warlord Haftar is accused of ordering the bombing of the “National Army” forces at the Air Defense College in Misrata.
Out of 90 candidates, these men stand out in the run-up to the December elections in Libya. The polls are shrouded in controversy for framing electoral laws that allow war criminals to run for the top post.
Fathi Bashagha’s announcement follows the more high-profile candidacies of Aguila Saleh, Khalifa Haftar and Saif al Islam Gaddafi in the race for the country’s highest office after years of civil war.
The head of Libya’s High Council of State, Khalid al-Mishri, told TRT World that the unilaterally passed election laws work only in favour of warlord Khalifa Haftar and pave the way for tyranny.
Senior Libyan politician Guma el Gamaty told TRT World that the international community has turned a blind eye to 'flawed' election laws that allow warlord Khalifa Haftar to compete for Libya's presidency.
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