A non-partisan Libyan commander announces candidacy for president

Libya is ravaged by chaos since NATO-backed insurgency toppled longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. The oil-rich nation has for years been divided between a government in the east, backed by Hifter, and a UN-backed administration in Tripoli, aided by Western-based Libyans. militias. Each side also had the support of mercenaries and foreign troops from Turkey, Russia and Syria and different regional powers.

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